According to reports out of Spain, Barcelona is closing in on a former Spain Under 21 International.
22-year-old Junior Firpo of Real Betis is seen as the ideal back up for veteran left-back for 30-year-old Jordi Alba.
Alba has been a linchpin of the Catalonian side for the last six years. As well as being a key player in the Spain European Championship winning side of 2012.
He currently has 69 caps for Spain and played for Barca 197 times. Alba expects to add to both those tallies as there is has been no talk of moving on or calling time on his illustrious career.
90min.com firmly believe him to be the understudy to Camp Nou favorite Alba. Firpo has made 43 appearances for Betis and mustered up 5 goals over two seasons.
It is believed Barcelona have bid 27 million Euros, but Betis are holding out for 30. With Betis have already secured their replacement for Firpo some days ago. Alfonso Pedraza joining on loan from Villarreal CF with an option to buy.
The odds are firmly in Barcelona’s favour. Coach Ernesto Valverde and the board are both in agreement he is the best option for their project. After sending out Marc Cucurella on loan to Getafe, they are a little short of coverage. Junior, as he prefers to go by, is considered a bargain.
Barcelona has already spent a sizeable amount this summer. The acquirement of Griezmann and De Jong for a combined almost 200 million euros.
They have most definitely not written off the possibility of bringing back their wayward son Neymar either. They see this purchase as good football and making financial sense to.