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Arsenal ahead of Chelsea in transfer race to sign Nou Camp wonderkid

Arsenal are ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign Barcelona star Munir El Haddadi, reports the Daily Star.

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The Premier League pair are attempting to sign the 19-year-old on a season-long loan, and the Gunners have now made a formal approach to that end. The North Londoners also believe that they can offer the youngster more game time, which he will struggle to get at the Nou Camp. At Stamford Bridge, players such as Eden Hazard and Willian may create the same problem Munir has at Barca.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar are all guaranteed starters for the Blaugranas when fit, and Pedro is likely to also be ahead of the Spain international in the pecking order. Even so, manager Luis Enrique is keen to keep the forward with the Catalan side next season, and they have already rejected a bid for him from Ajax.

With Lukas Podolski having left, and Joel Campbell poised to leave [Metro], the Emirates, Arsene Wenger is still trying to sign the teenager regardless of this reluctance. The Frenchman will be hoping the lure of the Premier League will be too much for Munir.

Munir impressed in the Barca first team at the beginning of the current campaign, playing in place of the then-suspended Luis Suarez. Although he only managed one goal and one assist in his 14 matches for the Nou Camp outfit in the entire season, the winger did enough to be nominated for the European Golden Boy award and win his first Spain cap.

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