Barcelona ‘edge closer to first outgoing deals of the summer’ with Miralem Pjanic set for loan and £13m-rated Junior Firpo nearing Leeds move
- Barcelona are looking to shift dead wood in their squad to free up wage space
- Miralem Pjanic is nearing a loan deal either in Italy or the Premier League
- Junior Firpo will be the first player out the door and could join Leeds soon
Barcelona are moving closer to securing their first outgoing deals of the summer with Miralem Pjanic and Junior Firpo on the way out.
Pjanic joined for £51million from Juventus at the end of last season but failed to break into the team consistently under Ronald Koeman.
The playmaker is likely to leave on loan in the coming weeks with Serie A or the Premier League his most likely destination, according to Sport.
Miralem Pjanic is close to moving away from Barcelona on loan after an unsuccessful season
Junior Firpo is likely to be the first player to leave this summer and a switch to Leeds is drawing closer.
The clubs have held talks over the £12.8m defender, as reported previously by Sportsmail and the 24-year-old was also offered to clubs including West Ham, Southampton and AC Milan.
Leeds appear to be frontrunners with a deal in place, according to Spanish reports, but it is complicated by the payment structure with Real Betis due 20 per cent for their former player.
Leeds tried to see if they could agree an initial loan with an option to buy Firpo and it remains to be seen what kind of deal may be agreed.
Leeds have held talks with Barcelona over £12.8million-rated left back Junior Firpo
Whites manager Marcelo Bielsa is understood to be keen to provide cover for Ezgjan Alioski
Director of football Victor Orta wants a player to replace or compete with left-back Ezgjan Alioski, who is out of contract but has been offered a new deal.
In terms of Pjanic, the Bosnia international is an established star with plenty of suitors. His preference is a return to Serie A and Juventus have enquired about a two-year loan, although he has been asked to lower his salary.
Inter, AC Milan and Tottenham are also understood to be keeping tabs on developments.
Barcelona know they must trim the squad if they are to complete new signings and offer Lionel Messi, who is now a free agent, a suitable new deal.
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