Liverpool Are Frontrunners In Race to Sign Defender with £45m Release Clause

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Liverpool remain keen on signing Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo this summer and are currently leading the race for his signature, according to a report from Spanish publication Mucho Deporte this afternoon.

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Despite his reported £45m release clause, Liverpool would have to pay at least £27m to sign the 22-year-old, who could prove to be the ideal competition that Klopp wants Andrew Robertson to be provided with for the upcoming campaign.

Although the La Liga outfit would prefer purely a monetary offer for Firpo, their interest in Divock Origi could hand a significant advantage to the Reds in any potential deal. The Belgium international has yet to pen a new contract at Anfield and with only a year remaining on his deal, perhaps could be used as a makeweight to help bring Firpo to Merseyside.

Having played an impressive role in Spain’s U21 European Championship triumph, the number of sides interested in acquiring Firpo could quickly rise and Liverpool may have to be hasty if they want to secure his signing.

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With lightning pace, adept with the ball at his feet and the versatility of being able to play left-back, centre-back, left-wing and even defensive midfield, Firpo could prove to be a shrewd signing.

While paying his release clause in full seemed highly unlikely, a deal at around the £27m sounds much more plausible.