One of the most ambitious moves Palace have been regularly linked with this summer has centered around Barcelona youngster Munir but now, it looks as though there has been a shift in the potential make-up of a deal for him.
Quite rightly, Palace fans everywhere have been hugely preoccupied with the prospect of signing Mamadou Sakho and a goalkeeper all summer long but with Connor Wickham now known to be out until the start of 2018 and Christian Benteke acting as our only fit out-and-out striker, an attacking addition or two wouldn’t go amiss either.
Still only 21, Munir is known across Europe to be an extremely talented lad. Having been on the Catalan giants’ books since 2011, he’s often been spoken about as having the sort of potential needed to step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow when the great man eventually retires but now, three years after his debut for the Barcelona first-team, it seems as though they are prepared to cut their losses and let him leave.
Recent reports had suggested that Munir himself had his heart set on swapping the sun and sea of Barcelona for a life in Italy’s capitial city with Roma but with the Serie A outfit unable to stump up the sort of cash necessary to tempt Barca into a sale, the youngster’s immediate future remains up in the air.
Whilst it may seem like a long-shot given the disastrous start to life Frank de Boer has endured at Selhurst Park so far, there is little to no doubt that the Dutchman would relish the opportunity to bring someone of Munir’s quality into the fold as soon as possible. Obviously, the player himself is unlikely to look at our current predicament and be filled with enthusiasm but you never know; his arrival may just provide the spark we need to start turning things around.
Watch this space.