If recent whispers are true that both West Ham and Swansea are weighing up the idea of a loan move for Barcelona teenager Munir El Haddadi, then there may be a new star set to shine in the Premier League firmament come the new year.
Munir had started seven times since breaking into Los Blaugrana’s first-team squad upon Luis Enrique’s return to the club as manager during the summer, with Barca winning all of those games.
The right-forward already has a La Liga goal and an assist to his name, after bagging four strikes in 11 fixtures for Barca’s B team last term having only made his debut in March.
Munir also skipped straight through Spain’s Under-21 ranks to make his La Seleccion debut as a substitute against Macedonia in September, with Vicente del Bosque bringing him into the squad late due to Chelsea’s Diego Costa pulling out through injury.
Spain’s son of Moroccan immigrants put a raft of clubs on high alert, including Manchester City, when scoring 32 goals in 29 matches for fourth-tier side Rayo Majadahonda as a 15-year-old, and Arsenal were linked with Munir just before his big break with Barca B nine months ago.
Talk of a loan move away from Camp Nou seems to have come about due to Munir being benched by Enrique since Luis Suarez’s return to football.
The youngster featured in ten of his side’s first 11 matches of the season, but has only played once since the former Liverpool striker made his Barca debut over a month ago.
If he is made available for loan in January, Swansea seems the perfect destination due to Wilfried Bony’s likely loss during the African Cup of Nations and the lack of forward options otherwise available to Garry Monk.
The Swans boss insists he won’t recall Michu from Napoli, but will look into the loan market himself, suggesting this rumour has some legs.