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Only bids close to €43.5m release clause enough to prise Firpo from Real Betis in January

Only bids close to €43.5m release clause enough to prise Firpo from Real Betis in January

Los Verdiblancos are reportedly willing to listen to offers for star man Junior Firpo in January as interest in the player intensifies.

Firpo, who has a contract with the Andalusians until 2023 has caught the eye of both Premier League champions Manchester City and La Liga giants Barcelona in recent weeks after an impressive start to the campaign.

The 22-year-old has scored three goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season and has an impressive 7.13 rating on whoscored.com.

It was thought that interested parties would be forced to activate the €43.5m release clause in order to land the player.

But AS have now reported that it would likely take a bid of around €40m to land the Dominican born full-back.

If this valuation is not met, Betis would be reluctant to offload, considering the length of his current deal and the impact Firpo has had for Quique Setién’s side.

Barcelona are believed to have registered their interest following their 4-3 defeat to Betis earlier in the season where Firpo opened the scoring.

As the January transfer window approaches, a bidding war could develop between several European clubs vying for the youngster’s services.

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As a result, Betis could be laughing all the way to the bank for a player they signed on a free transfer from CD Puerto Malagueno in 2014.