Munir El Haddadi could join Arsenal on loan

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Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi, who will be allowed to leave the Camp Nou on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January.

This is according to the Daily Star, who cite reports in Spain as claiming Barcelona have decided to send Munir out on loan for the second half of the 2014-15 campaign in order for the 19-year-old to play regular first-team football.

It’s been a whirlwind campaign for the teenager. So far this season he’s made seven appearances for the Catalan giants and made his international debut for Spain.

Luis Suarez return

However, his first-team opportunities will be limited now that Luis Suarez has returned from his suspension. The Uruguay international has started both of Barcelona’s previous two matches, leaving the talented Munir on the substitutes’ bench.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the Spaniard would be an extremely useful short-term option. He would provide both Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud, who is expected to make his return from injury in January, with some additional competition.

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Chelsea also keen

But Arsenal are not the only club interested in signing £10 million-rated Munir on loan. Indeed, they’re not even the only London club keen to snap up the Camp Nou starlet.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is also a fan, but only wants to sign the player on a permanent deal. Barcelona, however, have no desire to sell Munir and will only consider loan offers.

Munir and Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique are acutely aware that a formidable three-pronged attack featuring three of the world’s best attackers - Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez - leaves little room for anyone else.

Arsenal perfect for Munir?

But in Arsenal, Barcelona may feel that Munir can continue to hone his development at a club who play a similar style of football.

The only potential issue could be first-team opportunities, but Arsenal will have enough fixtures in the second half of the season to offer Munir a chance to shine.

Whether Mourinho would consider bringing the youngster to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal is doubtful. Chelsea have plenty of strength in depth and are already the overwhelming favourites to win this season’s Premier League title following an excellent start to the campaign.

Arsenal, as things stand, are currently nine points behind Chelsea in fourth place.

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