By Nick Ware

30th Jun, 2021 | 9:00pm

Leeds United on brink of completing Junior Firpo transfer

Leeds United expect to wrap up the permanent transfer of Barcelona defender Junior Firpo imminently, according to Adam Crafton.

The Athletic journalist made the claim on his personal Twitter profile on Wednesday night [30/06/21], after previously reporting that Leeds were pushing to seal the deal this week.

He wrote today: “Believe this Leeds United deal for left-back Junior Firpo is now very close. It should be wrapped up with ribbons soon.”

Matter of hours?

This has got us very excited now, as we appear to be closing in on our first major signing of the summer transfer window.

Teenager Amari Miller arrived from Birmingham City this week, but he will almost certainly be placed into Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side.

As such, this would be our first signing of significance for the first team, and it looks like it’s close to being announced.

Crafton said it should be “wrapped up with ribbons” very soon, a phrase which suggests it will be completed imminently ready to present him to the masses, and it would certainly be a nice present for Whites fans.

Ezgjan Alioski’s contract expires today [30/06/21], and there has still been no update on whether he will accept the fresh terms that have been offered to him.

As such, a new left-back is of the upmost priority, and Firpo would be able to slot straight into pre-season and adjust to Marcelo Bielsa’s rigorous demands.

His technical abilities shouldn’t be in question – he is, after all arriving from Barcelona, a club famed for adopting a philosophy that favours fleet-footed players.

Firpo has also played at wing-back and other areas in defence and midfield, so his versatility should suit El Loco down to the ground as he flicks through different formations throughout the course of the season.

We can’t wait to see him formally announced and in action for the Whites.

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