By Craig Scott

4th Jul, 2021 | 4:10pm

Spanish journo shares what Leeds United and Barcelona are both saying about Junior Firpo deal

Leeds United and Barcelona are both saying that Junior Firpo’s move to Elland Road should be completed sooner rather than later, according to Mundo Deportivo journalist Gabriel Sans.

Writing on the Mundo Deportivo website, Sans reports that Firpo’s £12.9million move to Leeds is “imminent” but COVID testing and quarantine is delaying when the 24-year-old can undergo his medical with the Yorkshire club.

It is understood that the British health authorities need to give Firpo’s move to Leeds the green light but it sounds as though both them and Barca are confident the transfer will be completed in a matter of days.

Cool, calm and collected

That’s what Leeds and Barcelona are doing right now.

The good news is that Firpo is already reported to be in England ahead of undergoing a medical with Leeds.

Even if he tests positive for COVID, we doubt that would case the deal to collapse because there’s no doubt that after a period in self-isolation and a few negative tests, the transfer would be back on.

However, we always worry about the medical and the last-ditch signings of contracts and agreements.

We’ve seen in the last few years how deals have fallen apart at the eleventh hour for Daniel James and Michael Cuisance.

While the James deal was solely down to Swansea pulling the plug, the Cusiance one was disputed with Leeds feeling as though he failed a medical and the German press reporting otherwise.

Either way, it’s a stark reminder that deals can go wayward even when they are all but completed.

We don’t have too many worries about Firpo though as only a couple of years ago he would have passed medical tests ahead of joining Barcelona from Real Betis.

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