Spanish outlet El Desmarque claim that Real Betis want to sign Junior Firpo from Leeds United as they look to replace Alex Moreno – who is on his way to Aston Villa. Firpo has fallen down the pecking order, after we signed Max Wober.
Firpo, 26, has struggled since joining Leeds from Barcelona in the summer of 2021. Clocking up just 25 appearances in his first season at Elland Road, injuries hampered the defender. But it was his performances on the pitch for Leeds, too.
Fans have lost faith in Firpo. His lack of positional awareness and jumping in to challenges have frustrated fans, leaving space in behind him. This term, he has only played six times for Leeds – the latest of which came on Sunday at Cardiff.
He got an assist for Sonny Perkins’ last-minute equaliser. But Pascal Struijk struggled at centre-back, almost solidifying his immediate future as a left-back. Wober has come in and can play left-back, centre-back or as a central midfielder.
Regardless where Wober or Struijk play, it has pushed Firpo down the pecking order. He has flopped at Leeds, given the hype surrounding Leeds signing a player from Barcelona. Now, Betis want to re-sign him – and he is keen to go.
Betis want to sign Firpo from Leeds to replace Moreno, who is off to Villa
Fabrizio Romano states that Aston Villa are close to completing a deal to sign Moreno, from Betis. The Spanish club need to sign a left-back and it looks as if they are keen on re-signing Firpo. He joined Betis in 2014, lasting until 2019.
Of course, in 2014, Firpo was only 17. He only played 43 times for Betis’ senior side – but had a hand in 12 goals and that saw him join Barcelona. Then, a move to Leeds. But a return to Betis is on the cards and Firpo is said to want to go.