Arsenal are seriously interested in bringing highly rated Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi to London, according to reports in Mirror.
The 18 year old striker has scored five goals and assisted three goals in six appearances in the UEFA Youth League this season.
The youngster is another product off the La Masia academy and looks set to attract plenty of interest around Europe. Paris-Saint Germain and European champions Bayern Munich are also thought to be interested in signing El Haddadi.
The report states that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is monitoring his situation closely, who has yet to be tied down to a long term deal by Barca and the Gunners will have to move quickly, with competition for him hotting up, while Barcelona will also look to keep him at the Nou Camp.
The Gunners have a history of securing youngsters from the Nou Camp with the most obvious success story being that of Cesc Fabregas, as he developed into one of the best midfielders in the world under Arsene Wenger’s guidance, before the Catalans bought the Spaniard back in 2011 for a whopping £35 million. More recently Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral have made the same journey and the club have also been heavily linked with another starlet from Catalonia in Antonio Sanabria.
Munir started out at local side CD Galapagar, where he was spotted by Atletico Madrid scouts and signed him then loaned him out to CF Rayo Majadahonda. He scored an incredible 32 goals in 30 games there, leading to scouts from the likes of Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona watching his progress. The youngster opted to move to Barcelona in the summer of 2011 and was shifted out to the wing from his preferred position in the middle, but despite the move he continued to excel.
He has the ability to play as a striker or out on the left flank and he possesses great versatility in attack and is strong with both feet. He has great ability in the air too, also helps out in the defence and is deadly quick over a short distance. He is billed to have a great future, although he could hardly be expected to provide the immediate striking cover Arsenal are looking for, but he could be a serious long term prospect for Wenger to mould into one his next big players.
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