Barcelona are confident a new contract with a £28million buyout clause will keep new sensation Munir El Haddadi out of the clutches of Premier League pair Arsenal and Chelsea.
Spanish publication Sport claim that both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have taken a keen interest in the future of the 19-year-old forward after he has put in some very impressive performances for the Barcelona first team this season.
Huge offers hold no fear
However, the Catalan club are confident that the ‘astronomical’ offers coming in from Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge, as the report insists that Munir is not about to consider an exit from Camp Nou any time soon.
Arsenal and Chelsea interest likely came after it was revealed Munir’s contract with Barcelona has a buyout clause worth only £9.4million – a fee that would be well worth gambling with if his introduction to the first team is anything to go by.
Gained manager's confidence
New manager Luis Enrique put his faith in the graduate of La Masia after seeing injury and suspension rule out Neymar and Luis Suarez at the start of the season respectively, which resulted in Munir turning out some stunning performances, scoring his first senior goal in his debut.
Barcelona are desperate to avoid seeing another promising youngster be lured away from them by big-spending Premier League clubs and another Sport report claims that they are confident they will agree a new contract with him.
Munir’s current deal runs until 2017 and Barcelona will be able to raise the clause to as much as £28million, though the relationship between the player and his manager has made them confident he will not look to leave.
Gunners always there
Arsenal’s interest is almost taken as given when a young Barcelona player is concerned, as the Gunners have taken a number of La Masia members to the Emirates Stadium in the last few years.
Current players Hector Bellerin, Jon Toral and Julio Pleguezuelo all joined as teenagers from the Camp Nou club, but the most high-profile of these is almost certainly Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas became the key man in Wenger’s side for a number of years and was club captain before eventually returning to his boyhood club in 2011.
Some Arsenal fans were a bit miffed this summer when the Gunners boss decided to turn down the opportunity to sign his former charge when Barcelona decided to sell him, a decision made worse by the fact that he was signed by Chelsea instead.
Mourinho has seen his side make a blistering start to the season and Fabregas has been one of the standout performers, along with his Spain teammate Diego Costa.
The Blues have made it a club strategy in recent years to buy up promising young players where possible and a move for Munir would not be too great surprise.
However, the talent he has been showing in starting the first three games of the Spanish league season would suggest he would not be like one of the 26 players sent out on loan by Chelsea this season.