Chelsea should make a surprise move for Munir

According to ESPN, Munir El Haddadi has turned down the offer of a new contract from current club Barcelona and is set to depart the Camp Nou as a free agent at the end of the season.

What’s the word?

The Blaugrana were apparently very keen to retain the services of the 23-year-old striker, but Munir has decided to take his career in a different direction having failed to secure regular game time this season.

Plenty of clubs will now be weighing up whether, and indeed when, to make a move for the unsettled forward’s signature.

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Whilst he may have struggled for regular football with the Catalan giants so far this season, Munir is a huge talent and would be a key asset at many other top clubs. With that in mind, Chelsea ought to bring the once-capped Spain international to the Premier League as part of the restructuring process that their strike force is due.

Beginning the rebuild

With Olivier Giroud ageing and Alvaro Morata having proved a complete flop in England, the Blues’ striking options are already underwhelming. Loanees such as Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham are unlikely to have any long-term future at Stamford Bridge either. Therefore, Maurizio Sarri will soon be in the market for more than one new striker.

Munir would offer the west London club an injection of quality squad depth, and in return the Blues would be able to provide the Spaniard with far more regular football than he is currently getting with Barcelona.