Crystal Palace may have advantage in reported pursuit of Barcelona's Munir

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crystal Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on August 19, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Munir El Haddadi could be on the move this summer with Crystal Palace targeting a deal for the Barcelona forward.

The fact that Christian Benteke is the only fit and senior centre-forward should be a concern for Crystal Palace.

The Belgian may be a fearsome, battering ram of a striker on his day but purple patches are often followed by prolonged barren runs, Benteke going more than five games without a goal on two separate occasions in the Premier League last season.

Therefore, it makes sense for Palace to target an alternative, with Tuttomercatoweb reporting that Serie A trio Leonardo Pavoletti, Roberto Inglese and Mattia Destro were all on the radar of new Eagles coach Frank de Boer.

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crytal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12, 2017 in London, England.

However, Mundo Deportivo claims that a deal is still very much alive for Barcelona youngster Munir with the La Masia graduate seemingly certain to leave the Camp Nou despite the exit of Neymar and the month-long absence of Luis Suarez reducing the MSN to a solitary letter.

The report claims that, at this late stage of the window, Barca would demand a huge fee for a player who failed to earn a permanent contract after a mixed loan spell at Valencia last season, with around £18 million needed to prise the one-time Spain international away from the Catalan giants.

And though the report claims that Palace would rather Barca reduced their asking price, this surely gives the Premier League club a major advantage over their La Liga counterparts, Alaves and Deportivo.

After all, Alaves’ remarkable 2016/17 season, finishing ninth and reaching the Copa Del Rey final, was thanks largely to a series of loanees and bargain buys while they have not spent more than £3 million on a single player this summer.

Depor, too, are hardly awash with cash. If they are struggling to reach the £13.4 million demanded by Arsenal for Lucas Perez (The Standard), it’s unlikely they could finance a deal for Munir.

Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona conducts the ball during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Chapecoense at Camp Nou stadium on August 7, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

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