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Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta agreed to prioritise Junior Firpo over Javi Galan and Romain Perraud leading to Leeds United closing in on a deal for the Barcelona left-back, as reported by Mundo Deportivo. 

If there’s anyone in West Yorkshire fretting about the potential arrival of a man who has barely kicked a ball in anger during the past two seasons, well consider this.

Lucas Digne, Yaya Toure, Yerry Mina and Alexis Sanchez all swapped Catalonia for the Premier League after struggling for opportunities at the Spanish giants. 

And they didn’t do too badly in England, right?

Should Firpo adapt to British life like fellow left-back Digne, he will be worth every single penny of that £13 million price tag.

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Leeds United hope to seal Firpo deal this week

Sport claims Firpo, the former Real Betis flyer and Spain U21 international, should be confirmed as a Leeds player this week.  

The 24-year-old is expected to sign a five-year deal at Elland Road too after the Whites fought off competition from the likes of AC Milan, Southampton and West Ham Uniteda development that hasn’t gone down too well at the London Stadium… 

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While West Ham dithered, Leeds moved at the speed of light to secure Firpo’s signature.

Until Monday afternoon, the attack-minded full-back hadn’t even been mentioned as a target for arguably the most entertaining team in the Premier League. 

But, according to Mundo Deportivo, head coach Marcelo Bielsa and director of football Victor Orta both came to the conclusion Firpo suits Leeds’ demands better than Huesca’s Javi Galan and Brest speedster Romain Perraud.

The former could now join Sevilla instead, with a £3.5 million release clause in his contract, while the latter is closing in on a £12 million move to Southampton (Daily Mail).

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