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Junior Firpo close to leaving Barcelona for Leeds United - report

The defender is wanted by the Premier League side

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Junior Firpo looks to be finally closing in on an exit from Barcelona and could be heading to the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

Sport reckon Leeds have “convinced” Firpo to head to Elland Road and a transfer could even be sealed “within the next 48 hours.”

The report adds that Barcelona hope to “make around €15 million on the transfer.” Firpo was keen on a move to Italy but AC Milan only offered a loan.

ESPN are also reporting that Leeds “are leading the race” to sign Junior and say the former Real Betis man “is keen” on joining the Premier League side.

However, their report states a price has not yet been agreed and it’s still to be decided if it will be a straight sale or a loan “with a clause to make the move permanent next summer.”

There is also a bit more detail on the finances involved. The report adds Barca “want to pay off the amortisation on that transfer, which is somewhere between €10.8m and €18m.”

Junior was signed from Real Betis in August 2019 on a five-year deal for a fee of €18 million euros plus €12 million in variables.

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