Chelsea and Arsenal will both fail in any attempt to land Barcelona wonderkid Munir El Haddadi in January, as neither he or his club want a transfer to happen.
According to Catalan newspaper Sport recent interest from Paris Saint-Germain has put fear into Barca, who are well aware that Munir’s growing reputation means that he is a target for some of the top clubs in Europe.
PSG join Chelsea and Arsenal in monitoring the 19-year-old ahead of a possible winter transfer window swoop, though it would appear that their intent is futile. Sport claims that not only are Barcelona desperate to retain the services of Munir, but the midfielder himself isn’t ready to depart the Nou Camp for pastures new.
One factor which could be pivotal in the starlet’s ultimate decision is the amount of game-time he’s afforded between now and Christmas. Luis Enrique’s move to make him a first-team regular seems to have gone down well and, barring a relegation back to the reserves, it looks as though he’ll continue to be an important part of Barca’s senior side.
However, now that Munir’s had a taste of first-team football he isn’t going to want to surrender it easily, and competition for places in Enrique’s setup means that he’s far from guaranteed the starring role he craves.
A move to England
As such he could see a switch to the Premier League as ideal if it means he’ll be permitted to continue his development at the rate he wants. A move to Chelsea is highly unlikely as the Blues are renowned for shipping young players out on loan as opposed to giving them opportunities to break into the senior side, but Arsene Wenger has proven pedigree at nurturing raw talent, and has worked with ex-Barcelona youngsters in the past.
There’s sure to be plenty of speculation between now and January yet of course, and the picture will likely change on a weekly basis. For now however the odds stack heavily against any club looking to take Munir on, and Enrique’s revamp of the Barca squad means that though once upon a time he would have to wait for game-time, it’s now readily available so long as he performs adequately.
The La Liga giants look revitalised under the Spaniard, and their opening fixtures have seen the team assembled in a different way to how they were organised in previous regimes. That modernisation could be the key to keeping Munir away from the clutches of clubs who believe he’s a future star in the making.