By Craig Scott

30th Jun, 2021 | 6:35am

Junior Firpo rejects Champions League clubs to join Leeds United

Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo rejected Champions League clubs in favour of Leeds United as he closes in on a move to Elland Road, according to The Times.

The newspaper claims that Firpo, 24, is set to become Leeds’ first addition to their senior squad this summer with youngster Amari Miller arriving from Birmingham earlier this week.

It is understood that the Dominican Republic-born ace will sign a “long-term contract” with the Whites and will cost the Yorkshire club a transfer fee worth around £13million.

The Times adds that Victor Orta jetted out to Spain last week to convince Firpo to join Leeds and reject proposals from teams who will playing in the Champions League next season.

Huge box ticked

Leeds will have drawn up a list of things they need to do this summer and landing a new left-back was bound to have been at the top.

With the players yet to return to pre-season training, it is brilliant that director of football Orta has all but got a deal done for Firpo.

Although he struggled for game-time at Barcelona and made just three La Liga starts last season, there’s no doubt that Firpo is an upgrade on Ezgjan Alioski, whose contract at Elland Road expires tonight (Wednesday).

Alioski has been a great servant but with the greatest respect to him, an actual left-back who has experience of playing in a top European league, has his peak years ahead of him and represents potential resale value is a far better option.

It remains to be seen what will happen with Alioski with it being widely reported that Marcelo Bielsa would like to see the North Macedonian stay.

In essence, he’s the perfect squad player due to his versatility and how hard he works.

But with him closing in on the final years of his career, he might not be willing to sit around and play every now and then at Leeds.

In other Leeds United news, Mesut Ozil has sent a message to this Elland Road youngster after a major development.