Guardiola orders Manchester City to trigger La Liga star’s release clause ahead of transfer

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly requested the club trigger the €50million release clause of Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo.

The 22-year-old looks a big talent after shining in La Liga, and City boss Guardiola could use his connections to get a deal done as the defender is represented by his brother Pere Guardiola, according to Don Balon.

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Firpo could serve an important role at the Etihad Stadium, with Benjamin Mendy struggling with injuries in his time at the club and not looking a reliable option as first-choice left-back.

Firpo, meanwhile, looks a top talent ideally suited to Guardiola’s style of play, so City fans will hope there’s something to these rumours as the Spain Under-21 international is linked with the club.

If City can land him for €50m that looks likely to become viewed as a bargain in years to come, with Firpo surely one of the finest young full-backs in the game right now.

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