Italian side Napoli are looking to secure Junior Firpo on a loan deal, according to reports from Sky Sports Italy. Gennaro Gattuso’s search for a fullback has opened him up to the idea of bringing the 24-year-old to Italy. The Italian side are reportedly in contact with Barcelona to discuss a potential loan deal.
Napoli are also trying to secure a transfer for Kevin Malcuit. Parma are reportedly still keen on signing the French fullback. This would make the Firpo operation immediately possible.
Junior Firpo has made 33 appearances for Barcelona since arriving in August 2019. Since his move from Real Betis, he has served as a deputy to Jordi Alba at left-back. However, he hasn’t quite imposed himself to be in contention for a starting spot. While he would benefit from more game time and a move away, Barcelona’s depth at the left-back position is already scarce. Firpo’s departure, if not for a decent transfer fee, could pose problems for Barça.
The Catalans were heavily linked to Valencia full-back Jose Gaya. This would mean Firpo would have been on his way out. Additionally, Firpo’s lack of game time and faltering form made it seem as though he would leave this January. As per a report from AS, Granada were also interested in Firpo to help out Carlos Neva at left-back.
The Spanish-Dominican wingback has gotten only 2 starts this campaign, one of which was due to Jordi Alba’s suspension. A move away for Firpo makes sense from a personal standpoint. However, with the current scenario surrounding the club’s presidential elections, it seems unlikely. If Firpo leaves, the Blaugrana will be unable to go to the market this winter for a replacement.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.