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Barcelona’s Junior Firpo sparks interest from West Ham and Milan

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Junior Firpo is the. A subject of interest from both West Ham and Milan, with Barcelona being open to letting him leave the club if he can sign a replacement.

The left-back joined Barca in 2019 but has struggled to oust Jordi Alba from the first team since, making just 23 appearances in all competitions last season. His playing time was even more limited this quarter with Firpo with just 10 times.

Firpo struggled to make an impact at Barcelona
Firpo struggled to make an impact at Barcelona | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

Barcelona are ready to let him leave Camp Nou, but not until they have found a suitable replacement. According to ESPN, Milan have expressed interest in taking the player on loan until the end of the season. Their starting left-back, Theo Hernandez, is in good shape this quarter, but they have little strength at depth.

The Rossoneri have had the entire season so far – they currently hold Serie A lead by three points and want to consolidate their position by strengthening their ranks.

However, Barca would prefer to sanction a definitive exit with their well-known financial problems. This could work in West Ham’s favor as it is understood that they favor a transfer rather than a loan. Aaron Cresswell is the Hammers’ first choice left-back, although he has played as a third center-back this season as well and like Milan, West Ham have few other options in the post due to the injury. Arthur Masuaka.

Getting a deal on the line could prove tricky due to Barca’s ongoing presidential race. The three candidates, Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, voted against allowing interim president Carles Tusquets to negotiate transfers in January, with a permanent leader not decided until the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are expected to make a likely doomed appeal against Lionel Messi’s suspension. The Argentine received a red card for hitting Asier Villalibre in the Spanish Super Cup final, in what was the first dismissal of his club career.