FC Barcelona Transfer

Junior Firpo set to join Leeds from Barcelona

Robbie Copeland
It looks like Firpo is on his way to Elland Road
It looks like Firpo is on his way to Elland Road / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Leeds have skipped ahead of AC Milan in the race to sign Barcelona's Junior Firpo on a permanent transfer.

The Dominican left-back has struggled to hit the ground running since joining Barca from Real Betis in 2019, managing just 41 appearances in two full seasons in Catalonia.

The plan had been for him to compete with Jordi Alba for the starting spot, but he has largely struggled to impress, and he is one of several players the club have been willing to listen to offers for in order to raise funds.

Milan had been interested in taking him on loan, but Fabrizio Romano reports that has fallen on deaf ears, with Barcelona preferring to sell up now and recoup a chunk of the £16m they paid for him two years ago. Because of that, Leeds have been able to make up the ground, and Romano says the deal is all but done.

It's expected Marcelo Bielsa's team will pay an initial €16m (£13.75m) plus various conditional add-ons in order to bring him to Elland Road.

Firpo was once considered one of Spanish football's most promising left-backs, but his stock has taken something of a nosedive throughout two years at Camp Nou that appear to have stunted his development somewhat. But he still represents something of a coup for Leeds, and at 24, there is still plenty of time for him to improve and get to grips with the Premier League.

Milan wanted him amid reports linking Theo Hernandez with a move to PSG, but Barça are desperate for funds in their current financial predicament and aren't prepared to gamble on what Firpo could be worth in a year's time.

News of Firpo's impending arrival comes on the same day that Leeds confirmed their first signing of the summer in Birmingham teenager Amari Miller. The teenage winger has signed a long-term deal that runs until 2025.