Manchester City and Arsenal joined in pursuit of Junior Firpo
CRYSTAL PALACE and Newcastle are tracking Real Betis star Junior Firpo.
Firpo has scored three goals in 16 games this season, including one in the notable 4-3 prevail upon Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
The 22-year-old full-back has been outstanding this season and made his Spain Under-21 make a big appearance against Northern Ireland in September.
What’s more, equal managers Roy Hodgson and Rafa Benitez both had scouts in participation on Sunday, when the 22-year-old hit the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad.
In any case, Palace and the Toon confront hardened rivalry from Premier League big boys Arsenal and Manchester City for the exciting left-back’s signature.
Firpo has become the highest-scoring defender in La Liga in 2018, with five from open play since making his introduction in February.
Conceived in the Dominican Republic, Firpo moved to Spain aged six.
He moved to Betis in 2015 from lowly Puerto Malagueno agreed a new contract at the Benito Villamarin stadium until 2023 in August with a £45million discharge provision.
What’s more, notwithstanding the hypothesis about his future, Firpo is adamant he is focusing on his football.
He stated: « I’ve caught wind of enthusiasm from different clubs for certain. I’ve told my agents not to tell me anything during the season.
« There is no hope until the transfer window opens.
“But ideally I will hear something on January 1. »