Reports stemming from Spain suggest West Ham are closing in on the signing of Junior Firpo from FC Barcelona.
Firpo’s Barcelona stint
Junior Firpo would join Barcelona in August of 2019, departing fellow Spanish outfit Real Betis for a fee believed to be around €18m.
Across his two seasons at the Camp Nou, Firpo has gone on to feature 41 times, providing two goals and three assists in the process.
The 24-year-old, though, has seriously struggled for any sort of regular first-team action of late.
Across the 2020/21 campaign, for example, Firpo featured in La Liga on just seven occasions – only two of which saw him complete 90 minutes.
West Ham linked with Barcelona’s Junior Firpo
Now though, it appears Barcelona are willing to part ways with the full-back.
Reports last month named Firpo as one of the players Barca could sell this summer as they look to reduce their wage bill.
And now, a fresh report stemming from Spain has provided further insight into Firpo’s future, which does look set to be away from Catalonia.
According to Sport Witness, citing Spanish outlet Sport, West Ham have an interest in Firpo and have been holding talks with Barcelona for days, to ‘finalise an agreement’.
In terms of a potential fee for Firpo, it is added that Barcelona would need a minimum fee of €16m in order to avoid losses and that is the price they have set to sanction a sale.
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) June 2, 2021
With Firpo naturally a left-back, the move may seem somewhat strange to some West Ham fans given how impressive Aaron Creswell was during 2020/21.
But it is worth remembering that outside of Creswell, West Ham’s options at left-back are not that great.
And with Europa League football on the cards next season, the Hammers do need to add depth to their side, with Firpo seemingly a solid option given he can also cover at right-back.
This article was edited by Tom Canton.
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