The Guardian is reporting today that Newcastle is interested in signing of 21-year-old Barcelona forward Munir El-Haddadi.
We are still short of firepower up front, and Rafa is trying desperately to augment the squad in the last eight days of this summer’s transfer window.
But before we get too carried away the reference in the Guardian to Newcastle being interested in El-Haddadi is not a strong one – this is what it says in their report:
“The 21-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Valencia and has also been discussed as a potential signing by Newcastle United.”
But with the talented young Spanish forward available for transfer it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Rafa could move in and Newcastle and indeed, Rafa Benitez and Newcastle would appear to be a good place for the Madrid-born player to end up this summer.
Yes, we could be just a little biased in that opinion.
And more than five clubs are interested in signing him.
He has played 45 times for the Barcelona first team with ten goals and ten assists, so this lad has real class.
After playing very well three years ago at Barca as an 18-year-old, he hasn’t been able to come through as much as he would have liked and he now wants first team football elsewhere.
21-year-old Barcelona forward Munir El-Haddadi
And it also looks like Barcelona are willing to sell the 21-year-old this summer.
Munir is already a Spanish International having earned his only cap for the Spanish national team against Macedonia in September 2014, after bursting onto the scene at Barcelona.
He is of Moroccan descent and can play either as a striker or on the right wing.
Last season he was on loan at Valencia where he played 36 games with seven goals and three assists for the Spanish side.
It’s also possible Rafa could get the player in on loan this season with an option to buy him next year.