Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal with Barcelona to bring their young Spanish star Munir El-Haddadi to the club for only £9.4 million, as reported by the Daily Express.
The young talent has emerged fully on to the scene this season, being called up for the Spanish national side to replace Diego Costa after the Chelsea star was forced to withdraw from the squad.
There is a suggestion that the Gunners have activated the release clause in Munir’s contract, and the deal will be confirmed in January.
With a small release clause for the player written into his contract, he has the opportunity to depart if he so chooses, given the lack of money a club would have to pay out for his services.
In an attempt to convince him to stay, Barca have involved the 19-year-old thus far this season, with him scoring against Elche.
However, with Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi ahead of him, it’s unlikely that he will play much this season, and Arsene Wenger now has an opportunity to sign a potential star for far less than his true value.
Liverpool are ready to make their interest in Marek Hamsik more firm after the Napoli midfield star refused to rule out a move away from the Serie A side in January, as reported by The Metro.
There is a suggestion that the Anfield club are ready to push for him after Hamsik made a cryptic statement over his future, and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is known to be a big fan of the maestro, suggesting the club will work hard to sign him.
They have been heavily linked with a move for him in the past, and it will be interesting to see whether they can finally get their man in the coming window.
Hamsik said: “I am happy here but in football you never know”.
There has always been considerable hype around Hamsik, who has long been considered to be potentially one of the top midfielders in the world, and with Steven Gerrard nearing the end of his top level career, Liverpool may need to make improvements in that role in the near future.
Napoli are also thought to be interested in Liverpool misfit Lucas Leiva.
Paris Saint Germain’s midfield sensation Adrien Rabiot must be sold in January, with the French club fearful of losing their young star on a free transfer at the end of the season when his contract expires, as reported by the Daily Express.
This news will probably put Manchester United and Chelsea on alert, who could sign a player with considerable potential for well less than his market value with a January move for the player.
With his contract set to expire in the summer of 2015, PSG are not keen to let their a young star leave for free. With Rabiot rejecting an extension, they have to sell the player in January if they wish to make any money back on him.
Both Chelsea and Man Utd will face competition from Italian side Roma, however, who could probably offer the youngster first team football more immediately. Given that the player does not seem fascinated by money, that will play a huge factor.
His mother, Veronique Rabiot, who is also his agent, said: “We do not make decisions based on financial criteria.
“They are important, of course, but the priority is the sports project.”