Barcelona and Real Betis, condemned to agree over Junior Firpo

There is 10 million between the two sides at the moment

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FC Barcelona’s priority for the rest of the summer is to sign a left-back. Real Betis’s Junior Firpo is the main target.

Jordi Gil

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Barca will focus all their efforts on signing the Dominican defender, with Philip Max from Augsburg the back-up option.

Earlier in the summer David Alaba was first choice, but the deal could not be reached economically.

Firpo had a fine season with Betis including in the 4-3 win for the Andalusians at Camp Nou.

He is liked by the technical staff and Ernesto Valverde and knows La Liga, whereas Max would have to adapt from the Bundesliga.

The coach didn’t want to use Marc Cucurella in that position so he was sold to Getafe.

Barca are negotiating with Betis and will pay around 20 million euros. Betis want 30 but Barca believe they can lower that number.

Betis are open to selling after signing Pedraza from Villarreal to replace Firpo.

Rafinha could be key to the deal. When he is sold, they will have the funds to reach an agreement with Betis.

Betis are pressuring Barca, because they need the money too to sign Borja Iglesias from Espanyol - 28 million is his release clause.

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