Barcelona are ready to allow left-back Junior Firpo to leave the club in this January transfer window, according to reports. He has not been a preferred choice in the starting line-up under Ronald Koeman. Even when injuries have forced the manager to look at an alternative, Sergino Dest has been picked as the left back even if he is a natural right back.
AC Milan have been tracking the availability of the Spaniard, who moved to Barcelona from Real Betis for around €18 million in 2019. Since his move to the Camp Nou, Junior Firpo has barely played for the club. He only made 17 league appearances last season and the statistic is likely to go down even further this season, as he has only featured in 147 league minutes so far.
Milan have been keen on the 24-year-old for quite a while. However, recent reports suggest that there are significant factors that could lead to the move stalling even before it becomes concrete. The signing of Junior Firpo will be a positive for Milan even if he is not expected to be a first choice. He would be signed in as a backup for Theo Hernandez, who is currently out of action after testing positive for coronavirus. The move to the San Siro could have been initially on a loan deal but with the option to convert the move into a permanent deal for €15 million.
Now with the deal dead in the water, Barcelona will look to negotiate terms with other interested clubs like West Ham. Even though a move to the London club will represent a drop in standards for the young defender, he will appreciate the possibility of frequent action on the pitch. After having recently become a father, Junior Firpo might want to stay in Spain – more specifically Catalonia.