Sevilla interested in Munir and Aleix VidalAugust 1, 2018
Sevilla are reportedly interested in both Munir El-Haddadi and Aleix Vidal. Joaquin Caparrós, Sevilla’s Director of football, called Vidal a “player he knows” and insinuated that a possible deal was close.
Barcelona made it no secret that they no longer counted on Vidal and were looking for potential suitors. According to the report by Sport, Sevilla are waiting for Joaquin Correa’s move to Lazio to become official. Once Correa’s future is resolved, the club will then decide on Vidal and perhaps make the signing official.
Vidal arrived at the club in the summer of 2015 but didn’t make his Barcelona debut until January of 2016. For those who may not remember, he, alongside Arda Turan, came to Barcelona amidst the club’s transfer ban. He signed, from Sevilla no less, knowing that he would not be able to play for six months.
Once the ban was lifted, he played sparingly as it was evident those six months took their toll. His follow-up season was no better as the former manager, Luis Enrique, seemed to have little confidence in him. It was rare to see Vidal even on the bench.
He was surplus to requirements as the club still had Dani Alves in their ranks. Once he left, Sergi Roberto was used as a right-back. When Vidal finally appeared to be stringing together consistently good performances, he was injured by Theo Hernandez in a game against Alaves in February of 2017.
Munir’s case is an interesting one as he had a good season on loan at Alaves. He was brought back to Barcelona with the assumption that he’d be loaned back out again. However, reports had him staying at Barcelona as Eric Abidal informed the player that the club counted on him.
Reportedly, Sevilla have come with an offer for the forward deemed “irresistible.” The proposed deal would see Munir and Vidal leave on a package deal. The latter has already given the green light on a transfer, while the former now faces a difficult decision.
Munir’s mindset when he returned was to earn a spot in the Barcelona team. He knows that he won’t be a starter but after hearing that the team counts on him and that the club is willing to sell Paco Alcacer, this might be his best shot.
While a price for the duo was not disclosed, Barcelona seem to feel that the price is high enough that they would be willing to sell both of them to the Andaluz club. Again, this all hinges on the decision Munir makes. Barcelona also wanted to renew the player as he only has one year remaining on his contract. That is now, presumably, on hold as they await his decision.