Sport: Barca haven't abandoned Firpo pursuit despite his huge price tag
- The 22-year-old is said to have a €40m release clause which is unacceptable for Barca.
- Still, there is hope that Real Betis could lower this sum.
- Barca have reportedly reassured the player they are still interested in his services.
- When Betis return from the pre-season tour to Mexico, there could be another stage of the negotiations.
Barcelona are still looking for an experienced left-back who could potentially cover up for indispensable Jordi Alba. Apparently, Ernesto Valverde doesn't trust La Masia starlet Juan Miranda while neither Sergi Roberto nor Nelson Semedo has impressed at the opposite edge from the preferred right-back role.
There are still plenty of names emerging in the Spanish and Catalan press with one of them particularly standing out. Real Betis' Junior Firpo is believed to be 'one of the firm candidates' to join the Catalan giants, as Barcelona-based Diario Sport have put it. They believe he hasn't been discarded by the club even though his price tag allegedly faces a problem for Barca.
Firpo is said to have a €40million release clause in his contract. This sum is believed to be too high for Barcelona. If only Real Betis accept slightly better financial terms with the Catalans, this transfer could get orchestrated. Diario Sport claim Barca remain optimistic about a potential agreement with the Seville-based side.
Moreover, the Catalans have allegedly contacted Firpo's entourage to reassure the 22-year-old of their interest. They are now waiting for Real Betis to return from their pre-season tour to Mexico.
Junior Firpo is 22 years old. Last season, he made 29 appearances for Real Betis in all competitions and scored three goals. Curiously, one of the goals arrived in the infamous 4-3 away win at FC Barcelona. Despite Leo Messi's brace, the Seville-based side were relentless and inflicted the Catalans the first home loss in La Liga in YEARS.
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