Arsene Wenger is hoping to seal a double transfer deal for Barcelona starlets Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper by activating their release clauses, reports Sport.
Both players are highly rated at the Nou Camp and have caught the attention of Arsenal as a result. The youngsters have a release clause of €12 million inserted into their contracts and Wenger is willing to meet both of them in order to get the deal done quickly.
An amount of €24 million will be offered to Barcelona, which Luis Enrique would have little choice but to accept. The Barcelona B players are considered the jewels of La Masia with Munir, 19, already making his debut in La Liga and for the Spanish national team this season before.
Wenger is believed to be hurrying the deals along as the total cost for both players is set to rise to €35 million. Barcelona are believed to be in the process of renewing both players contracts with a higher release clause to put the Gunners off.
First team opportunities
Arsenal have carved out a reputation as talent snatchers in Catalonia. Wenger has already convinced a number of stars to switch Barcelona for north London. The most famous player to make the switch is Cesc Fabregas, who became Arsenal captain before returning to Barcelona for £35 million.
The reason so many starlets have been convinced to join Arsenal is the first team opportunities that Wenger affords his young stars. Breaking into the Barcelona team is the dream for both Munir and Samper but the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar serve to block their paths.
Wenger believes the chance to play for a top Premier League club will convince them to make the switch to the Emirates and Barcelona are understandably worried.
iIt remains the case that both Samper and Munir would prefer to remain at the Nou Camp and attempt to break into the first team. Munir, who scored on his debut against Elche, was given his opportunity to impress as a show of faith from Enrique.
Samper is yet to make his bow for the first team, but the same report suggests that he is on the verge of doing so. However, the chance to play for a top Premier League club now is likely to be a tempting proposition.