Crystal Palace are amongst a host of European clubs interested in signing FC Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.
The 21-year old Spanish international is reportedly set to leave the Nou Camp after new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde could not guarantee the player enough playing time. The Catalan giants would be open to a possible permanent transfer, but may prefer to loan out a player they still value very highly.
Munir spent last season on loan at Valencia, impressing with 6 goals in 30 matches for Los Che Els Taronges. A well-known promising talent originally signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the forward can play anywhere out wide or in central attacking positions. He already has one cap at senior level for Spain and made his debut for Barcelona in 2014.
Media reports from Italy and Spain say Munir would prefer a move to AS Roma if he leaves Catalonia, with the Italian capital club willing to meet his supposed €12 million release clause. Premier League clubs remain waiting in the wings for any developments, with Palace and Newcastle strongly rumoured for a transfer throughout the summer. Catalan newspapers believe Munir would be extremely interested in a move to England, especially if his move to Rome fails to materialise.
It’s well-documented Palace are in desperate need of reinforcements, particularly in the forward positions. With Connor Wickham unlikely to return until 2018, Christian Benteke remains the only fit centre-forward at the club. Munir would prove to be an outstanding prospect suitable for filling in both wide areas or up front himself. His age, playing style and background all fit de Boer’s vision for a new Palace. The Eagles moving for Munir permanently would also depend on their other transfer activity, particularly the rumoured £15 million move for RB Leipzig’s Oliver Burke.
Get the deal done Palace, whether this is a rumoured loan deal or even a transfer fee as high as €25 million euros. It would represent another exciting prospect for the future and make others stand up and take notice. A nervous last few days in the market. We still need 4 or 5 in my opinion, contrary to Parish’s supposed 3. A player who has graced a football pitch alongside Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, what’s not to drool over?