Leeds confirm signing of Junior Firpo from Barcelona

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Leeds United have confirmed the signing of left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona on a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old found himself stuck behind Jordi Alba in the pecking order last season, starting just three La Liga games, and he was quickly identified as a possible casualty in Barça’s need to drastically cut costs.

Leeds wasted little time in taking advantage of the situation, opening talks with Barcelona over a deal for Firpo, and the English side took to their official website to confirm that the deal is now done.

They may have declined to mention the fee paid for Firpo, but Barcelona were kind enough to reveal that Leeds have parted with around £13m to sign the left-back, with Barcelona also negotiating a 20% sell-on clause.

Firpo has put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Elland Road, where he is expected to become an immediate starter following the departure of Ezgjan Alioski.

Marcelo Bielsa does still have 21-year-old Leif Davis to call upon, while Laurens De Bock is expected to return to Belgium on a permanent basis after his loan with Zulte Waregem came to an end.

Firpo becomes the third signing of the summer for Leeds, who have finally managed to bring Jack Harrison in on a permanent basis and have also moved to bring in young winger Amari Miller from Birmingham City.

There are also plans to land Wigan teenager Sean McGurk, with talks progressing well with the Championship side.

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Bielsa is bolstering his squad / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Firpo will be glad for a fresh start after two years of playing second fiddle to Alba at Camp Nou. Billed as one of La Liga’s best young left-backs just a few years ago, Firpo started just 22 games across his two seasons with Barcelona and never came close to displacing the veteran Alba.

He will hope to rediscover his form from the 2018/19 season, in which he plundered three goals and four assists in 24 appearances for Real Betis.

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