Arsenal could be handed a second chance to sign Barcelona defender Junior Firpo this summer, after seeing a later effort in January fail.
That’s according to Sport, who report that the left-back is set to be shipped out by Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
They explain that after amassing just 800 minutes across all competitions this season and managing to be in Barça’s starting XI in La Liga just 7% of the time, things aren’t looking all that bright for Firpo.
It’s clear he’s not part of Ronald Koeman’s plans, and the club are now looking for a replacement, while also trying to find a buyer for the defender.
They’ve already received an offer from Napoli, who have proposed a two-year loan with an option to buy, but Barcelona aren’t keen on that and want a permanent sale at around €20m.
They know there’s interest in him, and Sport say there are several clubs in the Premier League who are keen, although they don’t go as far as to name them.
We, though, suspect that Arsenal might be one of them. Why? Because they were keen back in the January transfer window.
The day after deadline day, we covered a claim from RAC 1 journalist Gerard Romero who stated that the Gunners had called their counterparts at the Nou Camp to suggest a deal for Firpo.
He didn’t provide the details of that call, just that Arsenal had been in touch and proposed a last-minute move to the Emirates.
That never happened, but it was also stated at the time that they would have accepted a ‘convincing offer’ had it arrived, and their stance now seems to have developed into full-on determination to get a sale.
That opens the door for Arsenal to get a man they were clearly interested in not too long ago and add some much-needed cover and competition for Kieran Tierney to their squad.