By Alan Hutton

30th Jun, 2021 | 9:30am

This may be the secret to Leeds beating Euro giants to Firpo amid source's update today - Hutton

Alan Hutton has suggested Leeds United have beaten rivals to the signing of Junior Firpo by offering him a long-term deal.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the lure of a permanent contract at Elland Road would trump loan offers from other clubs.

As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday (June 30th), Firpo is set to undergo a medical after Leeds had a £12.8million bid accepted by Barca.

The latest, sources have told us, is that the deal is all but done and should be finalised within days.

Inter Milan and AC Milan were both keen on the left-back but have been told he is Elland Road-bound.

Spanish publication Marca reported AC Milan had held talks over a loan-to-buy deal for Firpo, although Barca were said to want a permanent sale.

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Hutton suggested Leeds’ willingness to commit to his purchase this summer may have convinced both Barcelona and the player of a move.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The price tag is fine for them. What is it, 15million euros, £12million? 

“There’s a lot of interest in him. I think both Milan clubs were sniffing about. He’s obviously a talented boy.

“I think AC Milan were looking to loan him. Obviously, an opportunity for a permanent deal at a big club in Leeds suits him well. It is arguably in the best league in the world.

“Every player wants to be wanted, they want to play games. They want to feel at home, have that security of a longer deal. Obviously, that’s what he’s looking for.

“They obviously see something in him. It’s obviously difficult if you move to the likes of Barcelona and you’re not the number one choice. Your confidence can obviously take a knock.

“He played 18 games. Yes, it’s not ideal but still, I’d be happy if I played 18 games for Barcelona, if I’m honest.

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