Chelsea have made a huge offer to Barcelona wonderkid Munir El Haddadi in an attempt to convince him to pledge his future to Stamford Bridge.
Information coming from Catalan newspaper Sport, alludes to the fact that Jose Mourinho has made an approach in an attempt to beat Arsenal to the capture of one of Europe’s most promising talents, and is hopeful he could be successful if Luis Enrique relegates the youngster back to the B team.
Following his astronomical rise to prominence this year, which has seen him graduate from La Masia and appear in two of Barcelona’s opening three fixtures in La Liga this term, it’s obvious to see why he’s capturing attention. The 19-year-old is said to want to stay at the Nou Camp to continue his development, but it’s thought that he will accept a move abroad if he’s not promised an extended run in the first-team.
It’s this tiny shred of doubt over his future which is believed to have fuelled Mourinho’s move to sign him, and a massive contract has been put on the table to attempt to convince the player in question.
Cue alarm bells ringing all round Catalonia, where Mourinho certainly isn’t a fan favourite. The Special One had an icy relationship whilst working as the late Sir Bobby Robson’s translator there due to his relative exclusion for not being from the region, and the hostilities bubbling underneath the surface were exposed when he took charge of bitter rivals Real Madrid.
And, if that isn’t enough to put Munir, who has only ever played for Barca, off the idea of moving to west London, the Blues’ stance on youth players up until now just might. Over the past few seasons the Stamford Bridge outfit have garnered a reputation for farming players out on loan during their formative seasons, with lesser clubs such as Vitesse Arnhem usually benefiting.
To Munir, who has of course now grown accustomed to being a part of Barcelona’s first-team squad, that might not be appealing to him, and so winning him over with a lucrative financial package could be the only chance Mourinho has.
On the other hand there’s Arsenal, who have also been credited with having made a move to sign him. Arsene Wenger is renowned for his work with rising talents, and a certain Francesc Fabregas could attest to the benefits of leaving Barcelona to become a Gunner.
That being said Arsenal have always been hesitant to rival their closest Premier League rivals in terms of monetary offers, which could rule them out of the race.