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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.

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.

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.

 

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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.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Three reasons Tottenham should replace Toby Alderweireld with Yerry Mina

The 23-year-old defender is targeted by Tottenham in a loan deal.

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Yerry Mina’s stock has risen following his fine performances for Colombia at the World Cup in Russia and Tottenham are one of the clubs interested in the defender’s services, according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old only signed for Barcelona in January but the club are limited to just three non-EU players in their squad, which has already led to Paulinho’s surprise return to China, and continued links to Chelsea’s Willian means Mina may have to be offloaded.

A loan deal may therefore be on the cards for Mina and Spurs should be eyeing a move as a replacement for Toby Alderweireld, whose future is still uncertain, and Mauricio Pochettino should be attracted to the player for these three reasons.

Partnership with Davinson Sanchez

After a poor opening to the World Cup with a defeat against Japan, Colombia turned a corner in the group stages in their second match when Yerry Mina was brought into the defence to partner Davinson Sanchez – helping the South American giants secure a 3-0 win over Poland, keeping the likes of Robert Lewandowski quiet.

From then on, Sanchez and Mina was the partnership of choice for Colombia manager Jose Pekerman and the Barcelona man proved to be an incredible threat in attack, scoring three goals in as many matches – including the last-gasp equaliser in the round-of-16 clash with England.

In the three games with Sanchez and Mina at the back, Colombia conceded just one goal – and that was a penalty netted by Harry Kane.

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Pochettino can get the best out of Mina

Since arriving at Tottenham from Southampton in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has crafted Spurs into a very dangerous squad and has brought the best out of the players at his disposal – moulding Kane, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli into crucial players for England.

Christian Eriksen has also established himself as a key-part of Spurs’ ranks, while Hugo Lloris is up their amongst the best in the Premier League. These players all impressed in different ways prior to Pochettino’s arrival but the Argentina has taken things up a notch.

Yerry Mina would benefit from the same sort of attention from Pochettino, who has earned a stellar reputation as a figure who can help players of any age fulfil their true potential.

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Another developing star

Make no mistake about it, the next few years for Tottenham are crucial in the club’s development as they look to cement themselves as top-four regulars. Three consecutive appearances in the Champions League have put the Lilywhites on their way but the pressure is on ahead of the move to the new White Hart Lane.

Spurs do not have to look far to see the sort of issues that moving to a new stadium can produce, as arch-rivals Arsenal suffered plenty of problems following their switch to the Emirates Stadium, but those concerns can be avoided with the signing of young talents.

Tottenham’s squad is breaming with exciting young player and the reality is Spurs may not be able to turn away significant bids if they emerge on the market. However, they can secure the maximum price for their players due to the inflated transfer market and the ages of their prized assets – and Mina fits that bill if a permanent move was to arise further down the line.

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Liverpool to move for Barcelona’s Yerry Mina after impressive World Cup

The Reds are reportedly keen on the Colombian World Cup star

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Colombian international Yerry Mina has caught a lot of attention for some stellar performances in this summer’s World Cup, and now reports are claiming Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is intrigued by the idea of the centre back joining his side next season.

According to a story by Turkish outlet Fotomac, as reported by Sports Witness, Liverpool have entered the race to sign the Barcelona defender and will compete with Süper Lig giants Fernabache to acquire the 23-year-old’s signature.

Another challenge the Reds will face in the race to sign Mina is the fact he only signed for Barcelona six months ago and is contracted at the Nou Camp until 2023.

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Despite this, Liverpool are certainly in the market for a central defender, especially one with the talent Mina possesses and the fact he is still only 23 years of age means he has the time to develop into an even more well-rounded player.

The Reds will be wary about the “World Cup curse”, however, as it was not long ago where they signed Serbian winger Milan Jovanovic after his impressive tournament outing, only for the move to dramatically not work out for either party.

Nevertheless, Mina certainly fits the bill for the type of defender Jurgen Klopp likes to have at the heart of his defence.

He is 6ft 5, powerful and got an eye for goal, something he demonstrated in Colombia’s World Cup group game’s where he scored two headers to send his team into a last 16 tie against England.

Could Mina be the man Liverpool have been crying out for to partner their £75 million man Virgil Van Dijk? He’s certainly got the attributes and pedigree to suggest so.

It’s still unclear how much Liverpool would have to fork out for the Colombian international, however, signing Mina could end up being a very shrewd bit of business from Jurgen Klopp.

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Would Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele make Liverpool title contenders?

Jurgen Klopp has expressed his interest in the 20-year-old.

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Liverpool should make a move for the La Liga ace Ousmane Dembele if the Barcelona winger becomes available this summer.

Manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of his fondness for the 20-year-old in a press conference yesterday and suggested he may be interested in signing the French international.

In quotes reported by the Daily Mail, Klopp admitted he was interested in the former Borrusia Dortmund forward by saying: “Is he on the market? Now I’m interested.”

Klopp’s interest may not actually lead to the club pursuing Dembele.

However, with a current squad losing bodies by the day following a large number of injuries to crucial players, Dembele would be a perfect addition for the Reds.

Some would argue he even may be capable of challenging Sadio Mane in the club’s starting eleven.

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Reports linking the club with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann could spell concerns to the 20-year-old that he isn’t in Ernesto Valverde’s future plans.

The arrival of Dembele’s fellow countryman will make it significantly more difficult for him to keep his place alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Dembele endured a tough first season for the La Liga champions, which included only nine Primera Division starts due to a long-term hamstring injury.

Understandably, a club as competitive as Barcelona can’t afford to wait around for Dembele to fulfill his outstanding potential and, therefore, a move may make sense.

The world’s third most expensive player certainly has the talent to be one of the brightest stars in the game.

If Liverpool genuinely want him, they will have to fork out a lot more than the initial £96.8 million that Barca paid less than 12 months ago.

Following Barcelona’s drawn-out pursuit of former Reds talisman Philippe Coutinho, the tables could now turn.

This time, it would be Jurgen Klopp’s side testing the Catalan giants resolve in their attempts to pry away a once-prized possession for an astronomical fee.

Dembele was initially considered a panic buy after the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint Germain and the Catalan’s failure to sign Coutinho in the same window.

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Having now captured Coutinho, and with the club being linked with Griezmann, both of whom can slot into Barcelona’s famous front three, it is difficult to see what Dembele’s role in the team will be next season.

At just 20 years of age, the Frenchman is too talented to sit on the bench and with Liverpool proving themselves to be among the best in Europe this season, he could be the perfect player for Klopp to break the bank, to ensure the Reds continuing improving under his control.

With Naby Keita set to join this summer, and considering Virgil van Dijk’s immediate impact, the addition of another top player, in the form of Dembele, could be the move that allows Klopp’s side to seriously contend for the Premier League next season.

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