Leeds set to announce €15m Barcelona signing

Joshua Hall
Junior Firpo Leeds
Junior Firpo

Leeds United are set to announce the signing of Junior Firpo from Barcelona in the coming days with the full-back turning down Champions League football in favour of the Premier League side.

The Yorkshire club have agreed a €15million fee with the Catalan giants according to Spanish news outlet AS and will likely use Firpo as a replacement for Ezgjan Alioski who’s contract is due to expire imminently.

Firpo made 18 appearances for Barcelona last season and has spent most of his time since joining the club in 2019 in the shadow of Jordi Alba.

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Leeds United sporting director, Victor Orta, has been a long standing admirer of Firpo and is said to have been the driving force behind the move.

Firpo also had interest from AC Milan, Napoli, Southampton and Brighton, but decided upon joining Leeds after he was convinced by the project offered up by Marcelo Bielsa.

The 24-year-old can occupy multiple different positions including left-back, right-back and a more central role which is something of interest to Bielsa who values versatility within his squads.

Leeds impressed massively with their ninth place finish in the Premier League last season and are hoping the addition of new signings will help push them even further up the table in their second season back in the top flight.

Leeds have also announced the signing of highly rated 18-year-old Amari Miller from Championship side Birmingham City.

Miller made five appearances in the Championship last season after earning his place by impressing for Birmingham’s under 23’s.

Leeds have also had a number of outgoings this summer including the release of Gaetano Barardi, Pablo Hernandez, Eunan O’Kane and Barry Douglas.

All of which played their part in Leeds’ promotional fight over the past few years earning their place back amongst the elite in the Premier League.

Barcelona are hoping to replace Firpo with the addition of Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso who is reportedly open to a move away from Stamford Bridge, but may face an obstacle as the European Champions are wanting to keep Alonso at all costs.