Quick links



VIDEO: Arsenal linked Barcelona youth star nets two golazos in UEFA Youth League

FC Barcelona

Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi scored two crackers as the Catalans beat FC Copenhagen 4-1.

Barcelona wonderkid El Haddadi has built up quite a repertoire this season following some dazzling displays for the Barcelona youth team.

The 18-year-old striker is comfortable with either foot, has been accustomed to Barcelona’s famed pass and move style and contains dribbling skills similar to Barcelona’s most renowned names.

Despite extending his current contract at the club until 2017, it has been reported that the Moroccan teenager has a release clause of just €12m – an amount which won’t ward off any predators.

A host of top clubs have been linked with the youngster, with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all involved. Yet, before the contract extension, there were reports of a potential bid from rivals Real Madrid – the first transfer activity between the clubs since Luis Figo’s astonishing move over 10 years ago.

El Haddadi's brace against Copenhagen meant the coveted youngster is now the top goalscorer in the UEFA Youth League.

His first came in the first half, as he received the ball, produced an excellent piece of skill to nutmeg the defender before stabbing the ball past the goalkeeper.

If spectators thought that was impressive, his second left on-lookers picking their jaws up off the floor. With just a few minutes remaining, the youth star picked up the ball on the right wing, used his pace to drive into the box at a tight angle and almost Messi-like bent the ball beyond the goalkeeper and into the far top-corner.

You’d be hard pressed to find a talented youth striker with such ability available for as little as €12m.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch