The report states that, like Gerard Deulofeu, Munir had the option to leave, but Enrique intervened as he does not want to miss any of the youngster’s development. The former midfielder wants to keep him close by and will promote the 19-year-old to the first-team set-up at Camp Nou permanently from next season.
In May, the Mirror reported Arsenal’s interest in taking the youngster on loan, but Barca’s move to put him in their senior ranks is likely to kill any chance of that happening.
Will Arsenal miss out by not landing El Haddadi?
Although the Spain international is tipped to become one of the best players in the world in the future, Arsene Wenger has enough talented young attackers on his books.
The wide attacking positions are where the Gunners are strongest and the signing of El Haddadi would have only intensified competition, with the likes of Serge Gnabry arguably losing out.
Wenger should now look at further integrating his own youngsters into the Gunners team, rather than eyeing another side’s top talent, in order to put the foundations in place for a rewarding future.