Manchester United are now being linked with Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.
The reports stem from Spanish newspaper AS. Their report claims United could end up paying Betis’ 30 million Euros (£26m) demands.
Here is a look at five facts about the potential signing…
- Firpo is a versatile player who has featured at left wing-back for Betis this season. This would allow him to play at either left back or on the wing for United.
- He scored three goals and provided four assists, setting up a goal in a 2-0 win over Real Madrid on the last day of the La Liga season. One of his goals came against Barcelona.
- The 22-year-old was a late bloomer. He only made his competitive top flight debut in February 2018 after coming through Betis’ academy and previously playing for their B team.
- Firpo was born in the Dominican Republic but represents Spain at under-21 level. He will feature at the upcoming European under-21 championships in June.
- SkySports report he has a £45 million release clause, meaning if United really wanted to guarantee a deal, they could pay that figure. The AS report claims a deal could be done for even less, although Real Madrid are said to be keen.
ReactionFirpo would add balance to United’s squad and provide good competition to Luke Shaw at left-back.
His ability to play in midfield would mean he would not simply be stuck behind Shaw, and could benefit the England star.
He would be an alternative to Ryan Sessegnon, who would be more expensive and also fulfil the same role.
United might have to act quickly, as the race for Firpo could intensify if he stars at the under-21 European Championship. If Woodward leaves it until after the tournament, United might be looking at paying his more expensive release clause to do a deal.
There are bigger priorities for United than adding a left-sided player, but Firpo, at just 22, is an impressive athlete who could improve the team, as our struggles without Luke Shaw showed at times last season.
A future Spain international for just £26 million really could be a bargain.