Firpo arrives in England ahead of Leeds move
05 Jul 2021 08:01 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 5th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Firpo arrives in England
According to The Athletic, Héctor Junior Firpo Adames, better known to Leeds fans as Junior Firpo, landed in England yesterday ahead of his medical and £12.8m transfer to Leeds from Barcelona. He is expected to sign a 4 years contract with the club with the deal announce early this week, perhaps even on Monday evening. With both Napoli and AC Milan sniffing around it’s quite a coup for Leeds to have come away with Firpo’s signature, especially since the Rossoneri thought they were favourites to land the left backs signature.
Firpo was born in Dominican Republic, but has pledged his football allegiance to Spain, representing their U21 side four times. He played 41 times for Spanish giants Barcelona since his arrival in the Summer of 2019, chances had been limited at the Camp Nou due to the form of Jordi Alba. Although Spain remain on the amber list as far as flying restrictions go, as long as those travelling can demonstrate they have tested negative 24 hours before entering the UK, they can have unrestricted access.
Leeds to break the bank for left back's salary?
Junior Firpo is set to put pen to paper in the next few days, committing himself to the Whites for the next four years - but at what expense? Whilst it looks like Messrs Radrizzani, Orta and Bielsa have yet again pulled off a major coup by landing a player of Firpo's class; a recent tweet from Barcelona Sports and radio journalist Gerard Romero has suggested that Leeds have smashed their wage structure to bring the 24 year old to Elland Road.
Currently Firpo earns £85k per week, but according to Romero, Leeds will double his salary to a jaw dropping £170k per week; more than Barca pay Jordi Alba, Rafinha, Philippe Coutinho and a host of other first team stars. The Leeds wage structure is far more modest. Raphinha's salary of £58,000 a week is believed to be the second highest at Elland Road where as many (as of last season) were still earning under £20,000 a week. How will they feel?