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Could Barcelona’s Munir be playing his football in the Premier League next season?

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It is not too often that a sentence like this is heard in English football, but reports surfacing from Spain suggest that a Barcelona player could be heading to the Premier League ahead of next season.

Sport have claimed that 21-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi has alerted the interest of many top-flight clubs heading into the summer with West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace all interested.

The Spanish international – of Moroccan heritage – spent last season on-loan at fellow La Liga side Valencia and it is thought that he is in high demand after being told by Barcelona that he can leave.

Could the Barcelona youngster adapt to the Premier League?

Although he is not exactly a household name just yet, like his teammates Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Munir has been on the precipice of the Barcelona first-team for a few years now.

A product of Barcelona’s ‘B’ team, the 21-year-old made his debut for the Spanish giants in August 2014 and scored in a 3-0 win against Eibar, becoming the third-youngest goal-scorer at 18-years-old.

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In the two seasons that followed, he played an adept back-up to the notorious ‘MSN’ trio, featuring 25 times in La Liga – and seven times in Europe – before being loaned out to Valencia last campaign.

It is not too hard to see why he was largely touted to become the next in line to take over the reins from Messi, Suarez and Neymar at the Nou Camp, with his pace, desire and aggression a joy to see.

His versatility to play in either a striking role or as a wide player would also be advantageous for any team interested, with his constant movement off the ball enough to cause nightmares for defenders in the final third. Add to this a level of maturity way beyond his years and there is raw potential in Munir.

After featuring regularly at Barcelona he has also learnt how to be intelligent on the ball, able to initiate quick interchanges of possession and unlock the opposition with small and intricate passes.

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Obviously young potential doesn’t always translate to the final product – the last Barcelona youngster to make the switch to the Premier League, Bojan Krkic, didn’t set the world alight.

Nonetheless, there is something about Munir’s attitude to football – both on and off the pitch – that makes it seem that he wouldn’t be a complete flop in the English top-flight, instead developing his game well.

 

Munir El Haddadi to the Premier League
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With an education at one of the greatest clubs in the world in his locker, added to a sense of confidence and youthful exuberance, it is no wonder Premier League sides are fighting for him. At less than £10 million it’s a massively achievable target too for all three sides interested, but with Ajax, Real Sociedad and Zenit St Petersburg also reportedly chasing after Munir it could be a tough race to win.

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