Leeds United transfer news: European clubs queue up to sign Junior Firpo with defender set to leave Elland Road - Fabrizio Romano
Junior Firpo is set to leave Leeds United with “several European clubs” wanting to sign him this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The former Barcelona left-back has struggled at Elland Road and saw Pascal Struijk preferred to him as starting left-back for much of the season.
Various players are expected to leave the club during the transfer window following relegation, and the 26-year-old is a candidate to be one after two seasons in England.
Reporting via Twitter Romano said: “Understand Junior Firpo will leave Leeds United this summer as several European clubs are already keen on signing him.
“The plan is to try a new experience after relegation.”
Firpo’s time at Leeds United won’t be remembered particularly fondly, as he has regularly been a target for criticism from the fans for his performances on the pitch.
He can’t have enjoyed his time much either, as he failed to nail down a starting spot for any great length of time amid two relegation battles after arriving from the Camp Nou.
The sacking of Jesse Marsch in February looked to have given him a reprieve as he came back into the starting line up under both Michael Skubala and then Javi Gracia, scoring the first goal of the Spaniard’s reign in the 1-0 win over Southampton (25 February).
But that proved to be a false dawn as his form collapsed along with his teammates when the wheels fell off under the former Watford boss.
His chaotic game under Sam Allardyce in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle (13 May), where he gave away a penalty and was sent off, was emblematic of his time at the club.
He will hope for a more positive experience back in Europe, and Leeds will hope to get a reasonable fee for a player who never truly fit at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, the 49ers takeover is set to boost the summer budget according to Phil Hay.