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'Next Fabregas' Barca starlet set to join Real Madrid?

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Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi, once likened to former Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas, looks set to join el clásico rivals Real Madrid.

Munir El Haddadi, an 18-year-old Spanish-born striker of Moroccan descent, only recently joined Barcelona last summer and after some impressive performances through the club’s UEFA Youth League has seen his stock rise and attract the interest of Europe’s leading clubs.

During the U19 competition, El Haddadi scored five goals in six games, adding a further two assists to his account under the watchful eye of some elite scouts.

El Haddadi originally joined the famed Barcelona youth set-up La Masia, yet now he currently plays for the Juvenile A side, gaining competitive match practice on a regular basis.

Premier League side Arsenal were reported to be interested in the player, believing they could persuade the player dubbed ‘the next Fabregas’ to move to North London. However, nothing seems to have come from that interest, nor the reported interest from PSG and Bayern Munich.

As El Haddadi is not tied down to a long-term deal, he is permitted to speak with other clubs – something Barcelona will probably wish to rectify, yet the opportunity may have already passed them by.

According to news reports in the Spanish press elgoldigital, Barcelona’s great rivals Real Madrid look set to snatch away another Barcelona prodigy.

The two clubs have been through some gut-wrenching deals in the past, yet since Luis Figo became the ever Barcelona villain in a then record £37m deal in 2000, the two clubs haven’t had any problems, until now.

The representatives of the Barcelona starlet has joined up with Los Blancos to discuss a deal and negotiations are thought to be at a very advanced stage. It is probable that El Haddadi will originally join the Castilla squad, but with time and his potential, he could end up being the long-term replacement for French striker Karim Benzema.

Should Munir El Haddadi leave Barcelona to join rivals Real Madrid?

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