As reported by SkySports journalist Matteo Moretto, Junior Firpo’s move to AC Milan has fallen through recently even though both clubs were in advanced stages of negotiations, as was confirmed by SPORT.
Firpo was destined to leave the Blaugranas this winter, with AC Milan keen on signing a left-back who could work as a deputy or even challenge Theo Hernandez for the spot. The Frenchman has picked up an injury owing to over-work and fatigue from being one of their more important units.
Firpo, too, wanted to find a solution for his situation, and at 24, need regular playing time. At Barça, he is rivalled with Jordi Alba, who has been a mainstay at left-back for nearly a decade, with the likes of Lucas Digne, Adriano, among others, not being able to displace the Spaniard, despite his less-than-convincing defensive output.
Barcelona and Milan were heading into the latter stages of the negotiations, striking horns about the transfer fee that the Italian capital outfit will have had to pay after a six-month loan. The Catalan giants quoted a purchase option of €25 million, while Milan were not ready to bulge from their €20 million offer. Most importantly, the Rossoneri do not want the purchase option to be an obligation, but a choice.
The likes of West Ham, among other Premier League clubs, are in for the Spaniard’s signature, but Firpo’s intended destination is Milan, where he can reunite with Brahim Diaz. The two played together for Spain’s youth sides. A disagreement on the transfer fee, though, seems to have caught the clubs in muddle.
Additionally, Sique Rodriguez of SER reports that if Firpo’s departure is highly-dependent on Eric Garcia’s signing. If Barcelona are unable to acquire the services of the Manchester City central defender, Firpo will stay put, and be used as a money-acquiring fee in the summer, when Garcia can be signed on a free transfer.
Barcelona are clearly in for a rollercoaster of a winter transfer window, and an even more interesting summer window, especially once the presidential elections call curtains.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.