Barcelona relegate Munir back to B team

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Barcelona starlet Munir has been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea this week - and the Catalan club may have unwittingly given their Premier League rivals a major boost by sending the 19-year-old back to their B team.

The talented youngster has garnered praise for his mature performances so far this term having been promoted by new boss Luis Enrique.


His efforts are not without their downside however and reports this week suggest that both Chelsea and Arsenal have both been taking a close look at him. Indeed Munir is just one of a handful of starlets to have emerged from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy that are attracting interest from the Premier League.

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However it could be that Barcelona have handed either Chelsea or Arsenal a boost by sending Munir back to their B team after giving him a chance to shine at the Camp Nou.


Marca say they are hoping to keep the forward's feet on the ground and don't want him to get carried away with his meteoric rise to the top. They add that as things stand, there is no chance of him being permanently indoctrinated into the first team squad.

In 2014 alone he has featured for Barcelona B, Barcelona, Spain U19's, Spain U21's and the Spanish senior team - and it remains to be seen if he will take the news of being sent back a step well.

If he doesn't then that could make room for Chelsea and Arsenal to pounce. Reports in Spain yesterday claimed that both sides were hoping to prise him away from the Nou Camp, although for the time being he is committed to fighting his way into Enrique's first team plans.


Premier League clubs have a long history of pinching players from Barcelona's academy. Most famously Arsenal swooped to steal Cesc Fabregas from La Masia when he was just 16-years-old. The midfielder went on to play more than 300 games for the Gunners while establishing himself as one of the leading midfielders in Europe before returning to Barcelona and then signing for Chelsea this summer.


Chelsea have also pinched players from La Masia as well; Oriol Romeu played one game for the Barcelona first team before heading to Stamford Bridge in 2011. The 22-year-old is now on loan at Stuttgart.

Other graduates to ply their trade in the Premier League include Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta and Bojan Krkic, who joined Stoke in the summer.

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