Junior Firpo’s Barcelona career never really took off to say the least. The young full-back arrived from Real Betis and even though he had a familiar manager in Quique Setién at the helm, he simply couldn’t adapt to the Catalans’ way of playing and thinking.
Now, as the new reports from Mundo Deportivo state, he is the first name on Ronald Koeman’s chopping list for the January transfer window. This was then also confirmed by Cat Radio as well in one of their recent updates. We know that Barcelona need to gather funds if they want to buy players and Firpo is among the players the gaffer doesn’t count on anymore.
And to be perfectly honest, considering his game time and participation, this doesn’t really come as a big surprise. After all, even when Jordi Alba was injured, Koeman preferred the left flank to be manned by Sergiño Dest – a natural right-back – rather than Firpo, a left-back.
Mundo Deportivo also mention Inter Milan as interested since they even wanted to incorporate the defender last year and Firpo was almost a part of the Lautaro Martínez deal. However, that fell through and the 24-year-old ended up staying at the Camp Nou.
As far as the Nerazzurri are concerned, they currently have Aleksandr Kolarov and Ashley Young available but both players are getting old so they need reinforcements.
At the moment, we don’t have any more details about this potential deal but the clubs seem to be on the same page. Barcelona want Firpo gone and Inter want to buy him. If the early reports are any indication at all, this should be a straight forward piece of business.
But we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.