Munir El-Haddadi has had an interesting couple of months, going through the Barcelona ranks quicker than a wonderkid on a football managing game but is it really a dream come true or a way for the Spanish giants to ward off potential buyers?
It has been suggested that Arsenal, Manchester City and PSG are amongst the teams that are interested in Munir. Since that interest Munir has gone from playing with Barcelona’s B side to playing in the first team and earning an International cap with Spain.
We are all well aware of Wenger scouting through Barca’s youth teams and taking his pick of their potential future stars and if reports are to be believed, Munir seems to also be in Wenger’s gaze.
There are suggestions that Munir has a €13Million release fee which increases to €35Million if he plays in the first team. This might be one of Barca’s defence mechanisms to stop other clubs poaching their young talented players that they have nurtured. If this is so then it could spell the end of club’s overseas poaching their young talent for next to nothing and if they really do want them then they are going to have to pay through the nose to acquire these talented youngsters.
After moving up the Barca ranks he also moved up the ranks Internationally, making the Spanish national team shortly after his first team debut at Barcelona. Munir El-Haddadi has dual nationality as well as being Spanish, born in Madrid, he is also eligible to play for Morocco through his father but having played for 15 minutes against Macedonia in Spain’s 5-1 win in the European Qualifiers he has now been committed to playing for Spain.
The former World Cup champions – Spain bowed out of this year’s competition in embarrassing circumstances, so the eagerness to promote Munir to the first team could be a change in approach towards Euro 2016. Xavi and Xabi Alonso retired from International football following Spain’s exit from the 2014 World Cup so Spain may be looking towards their youth ranks to spearhead their charge in the Euro 2016 competition.
International teams picking players to play for their nation prematurely in order to stop another nation pipping them to it at a later date is not a new practice, the same thing happened to once upon a time Barca striker Bojan, who now plays at Stoke in the Premier League. He was compared to Lionel Messi and was tipped to become a World star at Barcelona. He had a choice of at least three nations to play for but was rushed in to the Spain set up and made his debut.
Bojan’s only appearance for Spain came against Armenia in 2008 which has been his only cap to date. At only 18 he came on for the last ten minutes to replace now Arsenal favourite Santi Cazorla.
Bojan’s story has very many similarities to Munir but only time will tell if they are just similarities or if indeed Munir is the real deal.
Arsenal having just spent £16m on Danny Welbeck to add to their forward options and with Akpom in good form amongst the youth set up is Munir a player Arsenal will need in January?
It is expected that Arsenal will be linked to any young Barcelona starlet due to the history between the clubs but if sources are to be believed then Munir could be an Arsenal player in 2015, but with Wenger not being able to attain him in the traditional cheap way will he really still be an option?
Follow oohtobeagooner on Facebook
for more latest Arsenal transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours.