Leeds United have finalized the signing of Barcelona’s Junior Firpo in an initial deal initially worth € 15m plus 20% of any future transfers.
Firpo, 24, has a four-year contract at Elland Road and will immediately join Marcelo Bielsa’s side for the preseason.
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Southampton and West Ham United had also expressed interest in the left-back, but sources told ESPN he was initially reluctant to move to England.
AC Milan have also had talks with Barca over a loan transfer, but the Catalan club have always made it clear that they will prioritize a permanent transfer.
Leeds appeared on the scene at the end of May and director of football Victor Orta was instrumental in selling the club to Firpo.
The former Spain Under-21 international wanted to leave Barca in search of regular football and was convinced he would be a perfect fit for coach Bielsa’s system.
✍️ #LUFC is delighted to announce the signing of Junior Firpo from Barcelona
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For Barca, the deal represents a much-needed injection of cash as they seek to reduce their debt and bring their payroll under control.
Firpo becomes the third player to leave for pay in just over a week, with Jean-Clair Todibo joining Nice on a contract worth up to € 15.5m and Konrad de la Fuente signing for Marseille for 3 millions of euros.
Barca are struggling to move some of their biggest employees, with Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Braithwaite among the other players made available for transfers this summer.
After leaving the Dominican Republic for Spain at the age of six, Firpo joined Real Betis at the age of 18 in 2014.
He went on to make 43 appearances for Betis first team before Barca signed him as competition for Jordi Alba for an initial € 18million in 2019.
However, first-team opportunities have been hard to come by at Camp Nou, where he has been limited to just 22 starts in two seasons.