ESPN: Milan and West Ham enquire over out-of-favour €20m Barcelona man – the situation

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan and West Ham United have enquired about a move for Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo, according to a report.

ESPN are claiming that Barcelona are open to letting Junior leave the club in January and are already thinking about his potential replacement, but the presidency election currently going on at the club is delaying all transfer business.

Milan want a back-up for Theo Hernandez, the report adds, with the versatile Diogo Dalot the man currently holding that position but he is only on a dry loan from Manchester United and therefore it could be a move to prepare for his potential exit.

The Rossoneri management have enquired about taking Junior on loan, but Barca would rather let him leave on a permanent deal. West Ham meanwhile would be willing to buy Junior, who cost Barca around €20m two years ago.

The 24-year-old wants to leave and play regularly – something he has not done since moving to the Nou Camp from Real Betis – but the Catalan side want to secure a replacement first, and they are not in a position to sign players this month because of the delay to the club’s presidential election.

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