Barcelona are still holding a firm interest in Real Betis left back Junior Firpo, with recently re-signed Marc Cucurella heading straight back for the Camp Nou exit door - with a loan to Getafe.
If the move goes through as expected, Jordi Alba will once again be the only recognised left-back at the club - with Ernesto Valverde seemingly having made his mind up on who will join the club to fill the void.
According to Marca, that is fellow Spanish international Firpo, who shone for his country as the Under-21's lifted the European Championship title last month. While Firpo will add immediate cover for Alba, it is also thought he could be the legendary Barcelona star's long-term replacement.
The player is expected to jump at the chance to join the La Liga champions, with the only stumbling block remaining an arrangement over the 22-year-old's fee - as his current release clause sits at
Marc Cucurella va a ser nuevo jugador del Getafe CF en las próximas horas. Las negociaciones están muy avanzadas y el Barça ha dado el visto bueno para cerrar la operación. El cuadro azulón se ha movido rápido y se ha adelantado al interés de varios equipos de la Bundesliga.— Rubén Uría (@rubenuria) July 17, 2019