Arsenal are reportedly hoping to seal a double transfer deal for Barcelona starlets Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper by activating their release clauses, according to reports in Sport.
The Gunners have been eyeing the pair for several months and the report states that the youngsters have a release clause of €12 million inserted into their contracts and Wenger is willing to meet both of them in order to get the deal done quickly. A combined bid of €24 million will be offered to Barcelona, which Luis Enrique may have little choice but to accept.
It further states that Wenger is believed to be hurrying the deals along as the total cost for both players is set to rise to €35 million. However, Barcelona are believed to be in the process of renewing both players contracts with a higher release clause to put the Gunners off.
The players have been dubbed the jewels of Barcelona academy, with Munir a highly-rated centre-forward already making his debut in La Liga and is already off the mark with a goal in two appearances for the club. Samper, dubbed as the new ‘Cesc Fabregas’ in Barcelona, is yet to make a senior debut for the club, but is one of the most highly-rated young midfielders and is a regular in the Barcelona B side.
The North London club have brought in several talented young players from Barcelona in recent years, the most famous being Cesc Fabregas, who went on to become club captain before returning to the La Liga giants in 2011. They have also brought Fran Merida, Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin, and Julio Pleguezuelo to the Emirates from Camp Nou.
The Gunners have carved out a reputation as talent snatchers in Catalonia and the reason so many starlets have been convinced to join is the first team opportunities that Wenger affords his young stars. The youngsters are billed to have a great future and could be a serious long term prospect for Wenger to mould into one his next big players.
Sounds an interesting prospect if we can add a few more promising youngsters from La Masia, but the €24m price tag is far too high for Wenger to invest in more youth prospects when he has a high number on his books already.