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Enquiry made: Milan contact Barcelona over loan move for wantaway fringe star

According to ESPN, AC Milan have enquired about signing Junior Firpo in contact with Barcelona, with the Rossoneri looking to bolster their options at left-back.

Ex-Real Madrid ace Theo Hernandez is the side’s only natural left-back and is currently out with Covid-19, leaving the versatile Man United loanee Diogo Dalot to deputise in the last two games.

ESPN report that Milan are keen on taking Firpo – who plays an alternative/backup role for Barcelona – on loan, but the Blaugrana would rather the Spanish-Dominican leaves on a permanent transfer.

It’s added that Firpo, who arrived in the summer of 2019 from Real Betis for an initial €18m in a deal worth up to €30m, wishes to leave in search of regular first-team football.

ESPN report that Barcelona are not willing to allow the 24-year-old to leave unless a replacement can be secured, but any incomings seem impossible with the further delay of the presidential elections.

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Junior Firpo only features as a backup to Jordi Alba.

It’s noted that Barcelona are searching for possible left-back recruits, but acting president Carles Tusquets has not been sanctioned to complete signings by all three candidates for the presidency.

That seems like a responsible stance for the cash-strapped Catalan outfit to take, even if it costs them the opportunity to potentially permanently sell a player that hasn’t worked out for them.

Firpo acts solely as a backup to Jordi Alba, even with the star’s shaky showing in the Super Cup Final defeat to Athletic Bilbao it looks unlikely that the former will become a regular starter anytime soon.

Some recent noise out of Spain does suggest that Barcelona may actually be able to do without Firpo for the second-half of the season after just two starts in 10 outings this term.

Per Football Espana, the promising Alejandro Balde is expected to start breaking into the first-team soon, whilst it could be risky immediately promoting the talent to second-choice left-back for the senior side after only featuring for the B team to date, it’s a move that could pave the way for Firpo to leave.

Barcelona continuing to use the Spanish-Dominican sparingly will do no favours for Firpo’s stock if they are to consider a permanent exit down the line once their presidential situation is handled.

After starting just 17 of his 33 appearances for the Camp Nou outfit, a loan may be ideal for Firpo to reestablish himself as a quality player – and thus drum up interest for Barcelona to cash in on.

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