WHZ View: West Ham could get big advantage over AC Milan in hunt for Junior Firpo

West Ham could be considered favourites to sign Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo ahead of Italian giants AC Milan this summer.

According to a report in Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Milan held talks with Barcelona recently over the player’s transfer this summer.

The Italian side are unable to match Barcelona’s valuation of the player, and instead, want to sign the Spaniard on loan.

Barcelona are firm in their stance that if the player leaves in this transfer window, it will be on a permanent transfer.

As things stand, Milan are unable to meet Barcelona’s demands, but West Ham are showing a keen interest and we think they could table an offer that tempts the Spanish side to sell.

The Daily Mail believe he could be available for as little as £14 million which is very good money for a 24-year-old international full-back who’s plying his trade at one of Europe’s finest clubs.

Excitement building

Aaron Creswell may have had a good season for the Hammers, but age is catching up with him as well.

Currently, the Englishman is 31 and has two years left on his deal at West Ham. He isn’t growing any better and has already shown signs of slowing down.

While he must be kept at the club for his experience and popularity in the dressing room, we need to sign someone younger and more mobile as left-back is a highly demanding position that requires one to put in shifts on both ends of the pitch for the entirety of the game.

Per Statsbomb, Firpo offers a phenomenal threat going forward making 9.12 progressive carries per game.

This impressive statistic puts him in the 99th percentile in comparison to all full-backs in Europe’s top-five leagues.

He’s also made an impressive 3.36 touches in the opposition penalty area per 90 minutes – which places him in the 94th percentile.

Still only 24, Firpo has a few years before he peaks, and this is arguably the best time to sign him up.

In other West Ham news, View: Hammers should sign left-footed defender reportedly valued over £20m

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