By Jack Cunningham

1st Jul, 2021 | 6:10pm

Barcelona "hopeful" of selling Junior Firpo to Leeds United this week

Barcelona are apparently “hopeful” of selling Junior Firpo to Leeds United, with Sport reporting that the La Liga giants think the deal could be completed this week.

The Whites have agreed a deal with Barcelona and personal terms with Firpo with him ready to move to Elland Road [Goal].

However, Spanish news outlet Sport claims a 20% sell-on clause inserted into Firpo’s contract by his former club Real Betis has “complicated” the “payment method”.

Could this slow the deal down?

It seems as if Barcelona want this deal done as quickly as possible, probably because of their financial troubles [El Mundo].

So given the La Liga side’s struggles, it is no surprise that they want this deal done quickly.

Leeds probably also want this deal to be concluded quickly because Ezgjan Alioski’s contract expired on June 30, and he was their first-choice left-back during the 2020/21 season.

So both the selling side and the buying side are probably keen on seeing Firpo move to Elland Road in the near future, but it is possible this sell-on clause could slow the whole deal down.

20% is not an insignificant amount, and given that Firpo is going to cost Leeds 15m Euros (£13m), Barcelona would be losing quite a bit of money when they desperately need cash.

Leeds want Firpo, and Barcelona want him gone, so hopefully, this deal is concluded quickly, and this sell-on clause doesn’t cause any problems.

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