Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo have claimed that West Ham United are considering a loan-to-buy deal for Barcelona flyer Junior Firpo – but face competition from Spanish side Granada and Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli.
Firpo, 24, only joined Barcelona in the summer of 2019 from Real Betis. Somewhat of a late bloomer, the left-back has only played 72 times in all competitions at senior level throughout his career. He is on the fringes at Barcelona.
Last season, Firpo played 23 times and his game time has reduced even further this season – he has played five of the club’s six Champions League group games, but only played once in Spanish La Liga as he plays back-up to Jordi Alba.
Signed for £16.5million (MD), Firpo could now be allowed to leave on loan with an option to buy in the summer. West Ham are keen, with Arthur Masuaku injured. But Granada are looking to keep him in Spain while Gattuso wants him at Napoli.
TBR’s view – Firpo would be a very astute signing
Despite his lack of game time in terms of this season and throughout his career, it is clear Firpo is a proper talent. When he joined Barcelona, he was viewed as a player that could eventually replace Alba.
He has not become a worse player in just over a year’s time. If the Hammers can get Firpo on loan and with a permanent option that is similar to the figure that Barcelona bought him for, would be stunning business.