Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi has burst onto the scene at the Camp Nou and is starting to make his name known worldwide.
The emerging forward started and scored in his first La Liga game on Saturday, a 3-0 win over Elche, but the Blaugrana may need to tie him down to a new contract if a cheap buyout clause isn't to be activated by another club. Munir is currently available for €12 million, as reported by Luis F. Rojo of Marca:
The 18-year-old's release clause is €12m which may seem a high figure, but cannot be considered astronomical for a youngster with such a bright future ahead of him. Munir, however, has no plans to leave Barcelona.
Rojo confirms Munir's current contract runs until 2017, stating that the player "is fully aware that his place is not with the first team despite the fact that Luis Enrique is currently turning to him more than expected." It is also confirmed Munir is being paid a youth-team wage, which Barca would need to increase to improve his buyout clause.
Sam Marsden of the Mirror explains why this may be difficult:
Munir's €12m clause not huge problem, but does raise Qs for Barça. To increase it would mean contract would be too big to stay with B team.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 26, 2014
Munir made a real impression with four goals in pre-season before being selected to star alongside Lionel Messi against Elche. He scored and hit the woodwork, playing to the left of the Argentinian, a role he likely wouldn't have received if Neymar had recovered from his back injury and Luis Suarez wasn't currently sidelined with a four-month ban for another biting incident.
It is also unlikely Munir will be able to hold down a place with Pedro and Rafinha also battling for spots. Once everyone is fit, the prospective star will likely head back to Barcelona's development ranks to continue honing his craft. One must also consider Gerard Deulofeu's position at the club now that he is on loan at Sevilla.
Munir's buyout clause is cheap when considering the potential he has already shown. A fee of €12 million equates to roughly £9.5 million or $15.8 million, which could prove to be an absolute steal, considering he threatens to be a world-class player throughout the next two decades.
Of all Barca's many talents at La Masia, Munir is showing the most potential at present, which only serves to highlight what a mistake it would be if they club lost the teenager for such a low fee.
Munir appeared confident against Elche and well in his element after adapting to life in Catalonia with Barca's B team.
Having only made his debut for the youth side in March, Munir has continued to blitz goals at all levels since moving from Atletico Madrid. He scored from the halfway line during last season's UEFA Youth League final, a competition he finished top scorer in with 11 strikes, per Marsden.
Is Munir El Haddadi worth €12 million already?
Although capped with the Spanish under-19 side, Munir has Moroccan parents and may need to make a key decision on his international future. Spain's senior side are unlikely to call up the forward anytime soon, but he may be able to burst into the Morocco squad at his current level.
Manager Luis Enrique must be proud of his teenage goalscorer's ability to influence the game against Elche. Even so, Barcelona's squad is crammed with more established talents who are expected to make a significant difference once in full swing.
Munir has shown the world a glimpse of his talent, perhaps enough to drum up interest when his €12 million buyout is floated about. While Barca are unlikely to worry for now, they will be forced into upping his deal if the scintillating form continues.