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Arsenal see Real Betis fullback Junior Firpo as Monreal replacement

Arsenal see Real Betis fullback Junior Firpo as a replacement for Nacho Monreal.

Monreal is a target for Real Sociedad this summer and the Gunners have identified Firpo as a replacement, says the Daily Star.

Although something of a utility man, Firpo is a left-back first and foremost.

The 21-year-old can also play in central defence as well as on the left flank.

The defender made his Betis debut just five months ago but was a star performer for Quique Setien's team in the second-half of last season.

He grabbed two goals and two assists in just 14 games in the Spanish top-flight.

Junior's contract does not expire until 2021, although it contains a £22m buyout clause.

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