Man City, Arsenal, Crystal Palace & Newcastle target Firpo
According to Spanish outlet AS, Manchester City, Newcastle and Crystal Palace are all interested in signing Real Betis full-back, Junior Firpo.
Arsenal have also previously been linked with a move for Firpo back in the 2018 summer window.
However, the left-back would sign a new deal with Betis in August that keeps him at the club until 2023 and means he now has a release clause somewhere in the region of €50m.
While Betis do not look keen to sell Firpo, Real Betis’ boss has admitted that the club would likely have no choice should a club trigger his new release clause:
“I would worry about Junior, of course, because he is a kid who is progressing.
“I don’t know if it will happen or not. If someone is willing to pay his termination clause, I suppose it would be the only option…”
Manchester City & Arsenal need a left-back
The 22-year-old has made 44 appearances for Real Betis, in which he has scored two.
Firpo is naturally a left-back but he can also play as a left midfielder.
Signing Firpo would be a big boost for both Man City and Arsenal who both look like they need some extra cover in the left-back department.
For Arsenal, they look likely to lose Nacho Monreal in the summer when his contract expires, so they will need to sign a replacement.
As for Man City, Benjamin Mendy is their only out and out left-back and the Frenchman is often out injured.
So, City could use Firpo as cover instead of Fabian Delph or Aymeric Laporte, neither of which are naturally left-backs.
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