Arsenal-linked Barcelona star now worth €35m, but West Ham move still possible

FC Barcelona

Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi has signed a new contract at the Camp Nou.

Having emerged from Barcelona's youth academy, striker Munir El Haddadi appears to be the latest young prodigy for the Catalan giants.

A former Atletico Madrid youngster, El Haddadi was handed a start on the opening day of this season, and marked his debut with a great finish against Elche.

Fans were ready to crown him the next Lionel Messi, especially when the 19-year-old was called up to the senior Spain squad in September.

Since then, manager Luis Enrique has tried to bring the teenager along gradually, sending him back to the B team - but his absence from the first team triggered speculation of a move away from Catalunya.

Arsenal have long been linked with a move to sign El Haddadi, and when it was revealed that he had a €12m release clause in his contract, the Gunners were strongly tipped to land the forward in January.

However, Barcelona have now moved to keep him at the Camp Nou, signing him to a new contract, where his release clause is now €35m.

That will secure El Haddadi's future for years to come, but there is still the possibility of a move to England in the January transfer window.

Recently, West Ham United have been linked with a move to bring El Haddadi to East London on loan, and with Barcelona B seemingly not quite good enough for his talent, a temporary move to England could help his development - just as it did with Gerard Deulofeu at Everton last season.

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