Crystal Palace Join The Race For This £12m-Rated Spanish Dazzler: Can De Boer Pull This Off?

Crystal Palace are reportedly tracking Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi in a bid to restore some pride in the upcoming season. The youngster has fallen in the pecking order and Frank de Boer wants to cash in on this opportunity as he is contemplating a move for the player. Barcelona are willing to part ways with the player but are demanding in the region of £12m for the youngster.

After failing to nail down a place in the side, he was eventually sent on loan to Valencia and he kept on thriving for the Los Che. He was one of the reasons for Valencia successfully evading relegation last season and without his assistance, the Spanish side would have been lagging in the Spanish second tier.

But it seems manager Ernesto Valverde hasn’t been moved by his performance and the player might be on his way out of the Camp Nou. A La Masia academy product, he is currently one of the very few exciting prospects to have donned the Barcelona colours in recent times.

Valverde is unlikely to tweak with the current attacking trio of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar, so it is going to be a tricky test for the youngster. With very little to offer to the Blaugrana, a move away from the club would be ideal for him.

Frank de Boer is very keen on the player as he has been eyeing a complete overhaul of the side that struggled last season. Palace currently boasts of quite a few wingers but except Wilfried Zaha, no one has shown the consistency and the spark to turn a match on its head.

Palace are looking for some fresh faces to shake up the attacking section and Munir could be an impressive addition. The player has been lost completely in the shadows of the famous MSN trio at Barcelona and needs regular game time to reignite his form and individuality on the bigger stage.

Palace are unwilling to match Barcelona’s value as the Spanish side have slapped a price tag of £12m on the youngster.  A clutch of Premier League clubs including the likes of Southampton and West Ham United are also keeping a tab on the player.

Munir has failed to convert his performance into big ones but in the Premier League, he will have the opportunity to showcase his talent. Palace are ready to negotiate the price for the 21-year-old but Barcelona’s strict resistance could be a hindrance in the much-anticipated move.

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Anirban Sarkar

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

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