Arsenal will have the chance to sign Barcelona wonderkid Munir El Haddadi in January, as he is looking to leave the Nou Camp at the next available opportunity, according to AS journalist Esteban Manuel.
For some time now it’s been reported that Munir is unhappy with his role on the fringes of the first-team, despite his tender age, and with Luis Enrique looking unlikely to make drastic changes anytime soon, it’s believed he wants out of Barcelona in order to guarantee himself regular game-time.
A potential loan spell has been speculated over the course of the past week, but either way the 19-year-old will have no shortage of suitors. Now known as across the continent as one of the most promising rising talents in football he’s captured the attentions of a host of top clubs, and Arsenal are said to be seriously keen on acquiring his signature.
Come the winter transfer window Arsene Wenger could be handed it if Manuel is to be believed, with the Spaniard convinced that Munir’s situation in Catalonia is becoming too much for him to bear.
According to Le 10 Sport, citing sources in Spain, Manuel said: "Munir is going to go from Barcelona in January, as he's as annoyed as Messi was. They will try to get Higuain, although we should not rule out Paris Saint Germain as a destination for Messi."
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Possible move to Arsenal
If Munir does indeed end up at the Emirates Stadium, be it on loan or in a permanent move, it’s difficult to see how his opportunities in the first-team would be increased. Though the need for Wenger to invest in his Gunners side is overwhelmingly obvious, there’s already more than one classy forward on the books in north London, and it’s difficult to see who would make way for Munir to be playing consistently.
Olivier Giroud’s injury has allowed Wenger to make decisions over his attacking line-ups without having too much of a selection headache, but when he returns there will be him, former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck and Munir’s ex-teammate Alexis Sanchez to choose from.
Struggling for game time
All three have plenty more experience than the young Barcelona striker in question, and whereas he might be a useful alternate option he’s unlikely to want to settle for a permanent place on the bench.
Of course his aim might change if he gets more chances from Enrique between now and the New Year, but the odds of him dislodging any of the current trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi from their perches are low enough to disregard altogether.