Barcelona’s hunt for a new fourth striker to help ease the burden on the club’s ‘MSN’ appears to be over.
The Catalan giants, according to newspaper Mundo Deportivo, are in advanced talks with Valencia’s Spain international Paco Alcacer.
The 22-year-old, who has scored 43 goals in 123 matches for Los Che, is reportedly willing to sign for Barça despite the formidable competition he’ll face for a place in Luis Enrique’s starting line-up.
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Robert Fernandez, the club’s sporting direction, has been looking for a striker who is content to sit on the bench for Barcelona’s biggest matches.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, the club’s star-studded three-pronged attack, are all considered ‘undroppable’ by the Spanish champions - for understandable reasons.
But Alcacer, who netted 15 goals in 40 appearances for Valencia last term, is prepared to leave Mestalla in order to become Barcelona’s back-up option in attack.
The other forwards Barcelona considered
Before settling on Alcacer, Barça considered adding Nolito to their ranks.
However they were unwilling to meet the forward’s €18 million release clause, according to a report from AS last month, and he subsequently secured a move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Ousmane Dembele was also a target, but the gifted 19-year-old wasn’t attracted by the offer to sit on the Camp Nou bench. He ended up joining Borussia Dortmund instead.
Atletico Madrid didn’t even pick up the phone when Barça made an attempt to enquire about Angel Correa, while Luciano Vietto moved to Sevilla.
And then there was Kevin Gameiro, who swapped Sevilla for Atleti.
Munir, already at Barcelona, was also considered. However, it now looks likely that the 20-year-old will be allowed to leave the club on loan this season.
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