Leeds United complete €15m deal for Barcelona's Junior Firpo as left-back ends quarantine and begins Marcelo BIelsa pre-season
Leeds United have completed a €15m deal for Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo.
The Dominican Republic born 24-year-old has been biding his time in Leeds for the majority of the past week, awaiting the all-clear to have a medical and complete a move to Elland Road from Camp Nou.
Leeds have paid a fee in the region of €15m plus add ons for the defender, who spent two years with the Spanish giants after moving from Real Betis.
He underwent a medical last night as Leeds completed the paperwork at their end, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta signed off on the deal this morning.
Firpo, who has signed a four-year contract that runs to the summer of 2025, was straight into training with Marcelo Bielsa's squad today as they are put through a triple session.
Despite interest from Serie A clubs, including AC Milan, Leeds were able to convince the former Spain Under 21 international of the merits of a move to the Premier League to work under Marcelo Bielsa.
He leaves Barcelona, who are working hard to get players off the wage bill having exceeded the La Liga salary cap, after 41 appearances.
Leeds' third signing of the summer, he will wear the number three shirt.
The club confirmed yesterday that Firpo's predecessor at left-back, Gjanni Alioski, will not be signing a new contract at Elland Road. Leeds and the North Macedonian international's representatives were unable to reach a deal and his contract ran out last week.