By Craig Scott

4th Jul, 2021 | 6:30pm

Junior Firpo move to Leeds United halted due to COVID protocol

Leeds United cannot complete Junior Firpo’s medicals for at least five days, according to Sport.

The Spanish news outlet claims Firpo, 24, has arrived in the UK but has to self-isolate for 10 days in line with the UK’s protocols on people jetting into the country from amber-list nations like Spain.

However, it is understood that Firpo’s time in quarantine can be halved ” “by paying for a private test on the fifth day of the quarantine, which would replace the eighth, and if negative, could break the isolation after that fifth day”.

Sport adds that for now, the “signing is stopped” but an agreement between Leeds and Barcelona has been reached for Firpo to join the Elland Road club for £12.9million.

Matter of when and not if

Leeds’ move to sign Firpo may be tangled in the red tape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic but we’re sure that the Dominican Republic-born left-back will eventually have his move to Elland Road rubber stamped.

It could be another five days – it could be another 10. Either way, he’s going to be ours as long as there are no last-minute changes or the player fails a medical.

After seeing what happened with Daniel James and Michael Cuisance in the past few seasons, we’re going to be wary of that but most of the time when transfers get to this advanced a stage, they are completed.

If it wasn’t for COVID, Firpo would probably already have signed officially for Leeds but he cannot do that just yet.

Once he does, we’re sure there’ll be no messing around between the moment he signs on the dotted line to taking to Thorp Arch and meeting up with Marcelo Bielsa, his coaching staff and the rest of the Leeds United squad.

That’s when the hard work starts and that’s when Firpo will have to work like he’s never worked before.

Good luck to him.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are exploring how to sign yet another player from Spain.