Barcelona adds $28M left back linked with Liverpool

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Barcelona has landed Junior Firpo for approximately $28 million, adding a 22-year-old left back with good La Liga experience to the fold.

Junior, oft-linked to Liverpool, scored thrice with four assists in 24 La Liga matches last season, adding an assist in four Europa League encounters.

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He also recorded 1.6 interceptions and nearly one key pass per match.

Junior had a $58 million release clause cited when Liverpool was linked with him earlier this summer, but left for less than half that fee.

Able to play further up the pitch as well, Spanish U-21 star Junior gives competition to 30-year-old Jordi Alba. Maybe relief is a better term, as the solid Alba has played 40-plus matches in each of the last two seasons.