Barcelona’s pursuit of another forward has been something of an arduous task for the Catalan giants this summer.
Moves for players such as Nolito, Luciano Vietto and Kevin Gameiro have all been rebuffed, by the players themselves rather than selling clubs, as the pursuit of extra firepower has taken a frustrating turn.
While the idea of playing for Barcelona theoretically should be a draw for any player, any forward that goes there does so in full knowledge that they will be behind the first-choice trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar.
However, it appears that their search might be coming to a positive conclusion, as Catalan outlet Sport are reporting that Barca are in advanced talks to sign Valencia striker Paco Alcácer.
The report stresses that no formal agreement has yet been struck between the two clubs, but negotiations are far advanced enough that Barcelona have been allowed to discuss personal terms with the Spanish international, and have offered him a five-year contract.
Alcácer has, as per the report, agreed to join Barcelona and is looking forward to the challenge, firmly in the belief that he can break into the first-choice starting eleven at the Camp Nou.
The deal, once agreed, is likely to be in and around the €30m mark – despite the forward having an €80m release clause – and talks have been relatively smooth due to the good relationship between the two clubs.
Under the terms of the agreement. Barca forward Munir El Haddadi will move to the Mestalla on a season-long loan deal. The 20-year-old had been likely to leave the club temporarily anyway, so in many ways Barcelona are killing two birds with one stone by sending him to Valencia.
22-year-old Paco is one of Spain’s brightest forward prospects. Having made his debut for Los Che in 2012, he has gone on to score 47 goals in 147 games.
Internationally, he scored 5 goals in Spain’s qualification campaign for Euro 2016 but, surprisingly, was not selected by Vicente del Bosque for the finals in France earlier this year.
The deal is not expected to be announced before the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday, but could be completed early next week.