Arsenal are one of three clubs in the race for Real Betis’ Junior Firpo, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish outlet AS report that Firpo already has multiple suitors, including Arsenal, Torino and Manchester City. They add that City have the advantage that Firpo’s agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother. Currently, the Real Betis man has a contract in Spain until 2023 and a release clause of €50m (£44.3m).
The Mirror write that Arsenal are ‘likely’ to move for a new left-back either in January or next summer, and Firpo fits the bill. Meanwhile, The S*n add that the Gunners are ‘extremely keen’ on signing the 22-year-old.
Both publications cite concerns over the ability of Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac to perform regularly next season. Particularly with their injury problems, Monreal’s age and the Spaniard’s contract coming to an end.
This season so far, Firpo has been playing as a left wing-back for Betis. As a result, he’s been able to get forward more often, and even scored one and assisted one against Barcelona last Sunday. That sort of offensive presence is exactly what Arsenal have been missing in their left-backs recently, with Monreal out.
We’ll see if the Gunners follow up their interest in January.
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