Junior Firpo is reportedly available for around £18m – one year after heavy links to Liverpool. The Reds were supposedly ready to pay a lot more than that.
Sport claim that Barcelona will sell Junior to make way for new signings. The Spaniard hasn’t exactly been there long, though, as he only moved from Real Betis one year ago.
But he’s surplus to requirements, despite Barcelona feeling that he will ‘continue to improve’. That belief does dictate his price, however, as the Catalans won’t accept less than £18m.
Barcelona weren’t the only ones with a reported interest in Junior last year, though. Plenty of reports linked Liverpool with a move.
He’d move to Barcelona instead, of course, for a fee that could reach around £27m. Considerably less than Liverpool’s supposed price, then.
What RTK has to say
We certainly have no reason to expect that Liverpool will take advantage of Junior’s availability. Still, he’s a talented left-back – something Liverpool still need – and a great age to work with, too, at 23.
But again, there are no suggestions from anywhere that the Reds will re-kindle any supposed interest.
What this does show, however, is how brittle some transfer fees are. A drop from £45m to £18m is quite staggering for a 23-year-old in just one year. Even from the £27m Barcelona eventually got him for.
Liverpool have got where they are on paying the right prices at the right times, though. This is an example of getting that right. Junior clearly wasn’t worth the quoted £45m and so if Liverpool truly did pass on him, it was a very smart move.