Di Marzio provides optimistic update on Junior Firpo pursuit
- The 22-year-old is one of the candidates to replace Jordi Alba.
- Now the famous Italian transfer guru reveals that the sides 'have never been so close' to an agreement.
- Moreover, Barca have allegedly managed Betis to lower the initial €40m price for the left-back.
- Di Marzio believes the whole operation would cost just €27m.
Barcelona are still looking for an experienced left-back who could potentially cover up for indispensable Jordi Alba. There are still plenty of names emerging in the Spanish and Catalan press with one of them particularly stand out: Real Betis' Junior Firpo.
And now, famous Italian transfer guru Gianluca di Marzio publishes an optimistic update on Barcelona's pursuit of the 22-year-old. He believes the sides 'have never been so close' to an agreement. The only thing missing is the president's final say. However, Josep Maria Bartomeu is currently with the Blaugrana squad in Japan.
It seems everything could be resolved as soon as both teams return from their pre-season tours.
Moreover, Di Marzio names the alleged price of the total operation. Apparently, the whole transfer is set to cost just 27 million euros. Previously, the Catalans had issues with Firpo's excessive release clause. Various news outlets claimed it was at around 40 million euros. If Di Marzio is correct, the sides Betis have finally accepted more affordable terms.
By the way, Di Marzio's original statement on Firpo has also been confirmed by another Italian transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano. He writes on his official Twitter: "Barcelona are in advanced talks with Real Betis to sign Junior Firpo as new left back."
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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