Barcelona's bizarre decision could offer Arsenal hope of landing £9.5m wonderkid

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Barcelona have made a bizarre decision to put Munir El Haddadi back in the 'B' team - which could be of interest to Arsenal.

Barcelona made a big effort to overhaul their squad this summer, with new manager Luis Enrique snapping up the likes of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Jeremy Mathieu, Thomas Vermaelen, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez, whilst Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez all departed in one way or another.

Suarez is yet to make his debut for the Catalan giants as a result of his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at this summer's World Cup, and with Enrique looking for someone to make an impact in attack alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi, he made the decision to promote 19-year-old striker Munir El Haddadi from the B team.

It couldn't have gone much better so far. El Haddadi scored on his debut against Elche and was even called up by Spain to replace the injured Diego Costa, though that was probably a ploy to prevent him from playing for Morocco in the future.

El Haddadi is the next big thing in Catalunya, yet another player off the seemingly non-stop conveyor belt of talent coming out of La Masia - but hold the brakes for a moment. Barcelona have reportedly sent El Haddadi back to the B team now, through fear of him having too much pressure on his shoulders and they want to keep him grounded amidst all his recent success.

It's a bizarre move which could really come back to bite Barca. It's well known that since El Haddadi broke into the first team, Arsenal have been monitoring his progress - particularly with speculation suggesting that Arsene Wenger is prepared to pay his measly £9.5m release clause.

Barcelona want to negotiate a new contract with El Haddadi which would include an increased release clause, but this latest move could push him closer to the exit door. If Arsenal can offer him a first team role whereas Barcelona want to keep him in the B team - considering that Marca suggest there are no current plans to permanently integrate him with the first team - then Barcelona could lose their brightest young prospect since Messi.

Arsenal have a history of stealing players from Barcelona; Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Ignasi Miquel, Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin and Julio Pleguezuelo have all swapped Catalunya for North London in recent years, and if Barcelona continue this strange plan with El Haddadi, the forward could be the latest player to join the ever growing list.

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