Report: €25M Junior Firpo Transfer Deal Reportedly Reached by Barcelona

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2019

Real Betis' Dominican defender Junior Firpo (C) walks on the pitch after scoring the opening goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 11, 2018. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona are reportedly closing in on the signing of Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo.

The Guardian's Fabrizio Romano relayed the latest development in the Blaugrana's pursuit of the player on Saturday:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Junior Firpo to Barcelona, here we go! Total agreement reached with Betis, last details and the deal will be completed. 🔴🔵 #FCB #Barcelona https://t.co/25LzivPqoO

B/R Football @brfootball

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign left-back Junior Firpo from Real Betis, reports @FabrizioRomano https://t.co/VZeuVZ1wP5

According to Samuel Marsden of ESPN FC, the La Liga champions will pay an initial €18 million to sign the 22-year-old and could spend another €7 million in add-ons as part of the deal.

Firpo enjoyed a breakthrough season with Betis in 2018-19, having broken into the first team for the Andalusian club late in the previous campaign.

The former Spain youth international was typically deployed as a wing-back on the left flank for Betis and his surges into attacking areas became a trademark of the team's attacking play.

Firpo has all the attributes you'd expect from a modern-day wing-back. When he does venture into the final third he's composed in his decision making, while his high energy levels allow him to dominate his side of the field.

The Betis starlet has made some key contributions from wing-back too, as he chipped in with an impressive three goals and four assists from his 24 La Liga appearances last term.

Per WhoScored.com, Firpo is an extremely well-rounded footballer:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Júnior Firpo: Statistically calculated WhoScored characteristics For more player stats -- https://t.co/PsNJppTMfW https://t.co/C9Oz5SfNa3

Scouted Football noted that he isn't blessed with blistering pace, although there are many other different strings to the player's bow:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

🇪🇸 Júnior Firpo (22) What Júnior might lack in pace and one-on-one threat, he makes up for in everything else. His performances have taken Betis to new heights. There is little doubt that he would settle immediately at a bigger club. ✍️ @ThatGooner https://t.co/dB9HNA85Dp

One of the standout performances from the Betis star in the previous campaign actually came against Barcelona, as he ran riot down the left in a memorable 4-3 win at the Camp Nou.

Firpo was able to get on the scoresheet too, dipping infield from out wide and finishing expertly with his weaker foot:

Eleven Sports @ElevenSports_UK

| 😍 | This pass from Real Betis' William Carvalho is a beaut. Sliced the Barcelona defence in two, and allowed Junior Firpo to do his thing. 👊 #LaLiga https://t.co/gmx9M5QdTU

Per OptaJose, Barcelona are set to have two of the most attacking full-backs in the division on their books next season:

OptaJose @OptaJose

79 - Only Jordi Alba (97) and Junior Firpo (86) were La Liga 18/19 defenders with more touches in the opposition box than Marc Cucurella (79). Return. https://t.co/nn26KPNUls

Jordi Alba remains one of the best left-backs in the game and his telepathic linkup with Lionel Messi is so often key to unlocking opposition defences. However, at the age of 30 it's imperative manager Ernesto Valverde has another player who can provide competition to the Spaniard and a similar penetrative threat.

Should the deal go through there will be improvements for Firpo to make, as there are aspects of his game that are still raw, especially in defence. Even so, the 22-year-old has all the attributes required to be a big hit at Barcelona in seasons to come.