Forward Munir El Haddadi has joined Deportivo Alaves on season-long loan. The 22-year-old Spaniard was linked with permanent deals to clubs like Roma, Torino and Ajax during the summer, but now that the transfer window has closed for the other major European leagues, Munir had to find another home in La Liga.
This is a disappointing result for Barcelona and likely the player as well. Munir barely featured in preseason and was clearly not in Ernesto Valverde’s plans, but I am sure he will have wanted a permanent move to start a new chapter in his career elsewhere rather than having to settle for a loan move to one of the worst attacking teams in the league.
Barcelona’s inability to agree on a fee with any of Munir’s suitors is startling. Most reports had Barcelona’s asking price far too high for a player who scored 10 league goals in 66 career La Liga appearances, but we are living in a world where Real Madrid got €8 million from Lyon this summer for Mariano Diaz, who had only made 14 appearances in his career for the first team.
While the Barcelona board’s incoming transfer business has been underwhelming since the departure of Neymar, its inability to make profit on sales or even complete permanent deals at all is horrendous. Deadweight players like Arda Turan, Douglas and Vermaelen remain on the club’s wage books and the only deals the club can come close to completing is either loans or free transfers (like Jeremy Mathieu’s move to Sporting) because nobody else is willing to match the exorbitant wages these below average players make at Barcelona.
Munir joins Sergi Samper (Las Palmas), Marlon (Nice) and Douglas (Benfica) as first teamers who have been loaned out this summer. Ever since Barcelona paid a whopping €30 million for Paco Alcacer last season, Munir’s chances of making it at his boyhood club have been slim to none, and now he will have to prove himself within one of the most toothless attacks in La Liga if he wants to have a better shot of sealing a permanent transfer next summer.