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Munir El Haddadi keen to join Arsenal or Chelsea on loan

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Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi is keen to leave the Camp Nou on loan in January - news which will put the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea on red alert.

The Express cite reports in Spain as claiming that Munir, 19, wants to gain some valuable first-team minutes by leaving Barcelona for the second half of the season.

The Spain international, who was capped by Vicente del Bosque for the first time earlier this season, has fallen down the pecking order at the Camp Nou in recent weeks following the introduction of Luis Suarez, who returned from suspension in October.

Luis Suarez

Munir featured regularly for Barcelona during the opening weeks of the 2014-15 campaign under Luis Enrique, but has played an increasingly peripheral role since Suarez returned for El Clasico on October 25.

And with the situation unlikely to change as the season progresses, Munir appears to believe it’s in his best interests to move on - at least on a temporary basis.

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New contract

Barcelona, despite being unable to offer Munir guaranteed first-team football, are desperate to keep the teenager at the club, believing he does have a future with the Blaugrana.

Indeed, the Catalan giants even handed Munir a new contract last week. Although the expiry date of the new deal remains the same - June 30, 2017 - his release clause was increased to a massive €35 million - a price designed to warn off interested clubs.

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with permanent moves for Munir, who was valued closer to £9 million towards the start of the season, but Barcelona are only willing to discuss a potential loan move involving their highly-rated starlet.

Competition

Neither Premier League club are lacking in fire-power, however, and Munir may find first-team opportunities are just as limited at the Emirates Stadium and Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been superb this season, having scored 11 goals in 14 appearances, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger faces the difficult decision of choosing between Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck over the forthcoming weeks.

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