Paco Alcacer confirms intention to sign new Valencia deal

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Paco Alcacer appears to have dealt the trio of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham a considerable transfer blow by confirming his intention to sign a new contract with current club Valencia.

In-form striker Alcacer has evidently caught the attention of all three Premier League clubs in recent times following a great start to the 2014/15 campaign in which the 21-year-old has showcased the full extent of his exciting potential by notching four goals in just six La Liga appearances and also making his first senior appearances for his native Spain.

Indeed, previous speculation had gone as far as to suggest that Valencia - understandably keen to retain the services of one of their most impressive rising stars by securing his future on a new long-term deal - had even endeavoured to set Alcacer's price tag at a staggering £40 million in order to ward off the advances of a growing numbers of heavyweight suitors.

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Alcacer confirmation

Alcacer is evidently reluctant to go into specific details about a possible renewal and the mounting interest in his services from England, but his words will have surely come as a huge encouragement to Valencia fans concerned that they could lose him for a pittance either in January or next summer.

"I'm not worried about my renewal. I am very clear about things and know what I want," he was quoted by talkSPORT.

"I focus my attention on games; when all has been spoken about and negotiated, I'll put pen to paper. We have to think about playing football and not about this type of thing."

Premier League interest

A new contract does not totally rule out the possibility of a transfer for Alcacer, of course, although the crucial inclusion of a bumper new release clause will presumably ensure that he remains at the Mestalla for a while yet.

Didier Drogba's recent injury - sustained during a training session ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League victory over Sporting - has left Chelsea a little short of options in the final third, although it seems rather unlikely that Jose Mourinho will look to lavish such an extravagant sum on another backup for the sublime Diego Costa when Loic Remy is fit and available to deputise.

Arsenal, meanwhile, finally addressed their obvious need for a new striker during the final stages of the recent transfer window with a deadline-day swoop for ex-Manchester United academy graduate Danny Welbeck.

The England man's promising start to his career at the Emirates Stadium resulted in an impressive hat-trick against Galatasaray in midweek and he will need to continue that form with Olivier Giroud out until January and Yaya Sanogo having recently been sidelined with a hamstring problem.

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