As the chase for transfer options continue, one appears to be slipping away from both we and co-pursuer, Chelsea, with recent reports according to the Express of Barcelona’s improved contract offer to in-demand teenage sensation, Munir El-haddadi.
The 19-year old star has been one of the revelations of the season under Luis Enrique this term, but a lack of regular playing time with the first team has apparently made an opening to a possible exit from the Camp Nou, alerting both Arsenal and Chelsea. Both clubs had been willing to take advantage of the £9m fee that would have been sufficient to cart him away from Spain, but Barca are now set to make a counter move by tripling the player’s release clause to as much as £28m.
Munir has served back at forth between the first team and the Segunda division with Barca B, but Wenger and Mourinho apparently hoped to convince the youngster away from Barcelona with the promise of accelerated development with the first team, but Barca’s act of raising the bill will certainly weaken the will of either manager to push on for a deal now. Chelsea have their history of splashing the cash for any target of their choice, irrespective of what’s involved but even paying this much on a really unproven 19-year old will be rather extravagant even by Abramovich’s standards.
Wenger, on the other hand, may have been relying on his existing conviviality with the Catalans to sway the tussle in his favour, but there is no second-guessing the effect of the price-hike on his immediate interest. Despite splashing close to £80m on 5 players last summer, he will probably see Munir as not an immediate necessity and will shift attention to other more realistic and required options.
It is clearly obvious that Munir has the abilities to attract the interest of a man like Arsene, which could have stirred the interest in the first instance. Quick feet, clever passing and quality technique are all quintessential of La Masia’s products and like Messi and Iniesta before him, Munir is blessed with those excellences. As a speedy attacker, he is able to break off stiff challenges with relative ease, his little frame aiding his ability to wriggle away from tight situations. These will come handy with the emerging tough-tackling nature of the Premier League. Defenders are beginning to adjust to the blistering pace of attacks and so the need for the attackers to learn how to fly without perching has increased.
However, though the potential is irresistible, the price is way out of the realities of the market, and neither Wenger nor Mourinho will be looking that way any time soon. That must be the intention of the Barca bosses, fair play to them.
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