Report: Leeds target Junior Firpo changes mind on AC Milan move
Junior Firpo had told AC Milan that he wanted to join them, before changing his mind when Leeds United offered the left-back a permanent move, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
Tuttomercatoweb reports that Firpo is set to sign a contract at Elland Road until 2026. The Whites are set to pay around £12.9 million for the 24-year-old.
It looks to be a huge statement from Marcelo Bielsa’s side. But it appears that the Barcelona star could have easily ended up moving elsewhere.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, he told the Rossoneri that he was keen on a move to San Siro. He had decided that he wanted to head to Milan.
However, the Serie A side were looking at a loan deal. And as it turns out, that left the door open for Leeds.
The report claims that the permanent offer from the Premier League side ‘changed every scenario’.
Tuttomercatoweb reports that it was favourable to both Firpo and Barca. The left-back is keen to have that long-term stability after struggling for game-time at the Nou Camp.
Previous reports suggested that a medical could take place early next week.
Coup for Leeds to win Firpo race as Milan move seemingly loomed
Milan are a side back on the up. They finished second last season. Remarkably, it was their first top four finish since 2013.
So for Leeds to convince Firpo to join them is quite something.
Of course, it clearly helped that they were offering a permanent move.
But if the former Real Betis man was not convinced about joining the Whites, he could surely made the loan move to Milan in the hope of earning a lucrative permanent deal next summer.