Wenger still looking at possible signings upfront.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is having scouts keep an eye on the performances of outstanding young Valencia striker Paco Alcacer ahead of a possible bid in the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old Spaniard has attracted some attention from top clubs in recent months after some fine goalscoring displays in something of a breakthrough season for Valencia last term.
The exciting young striker scored 14 goals and provided three assists in 37 appearances in all competitions to show himself to be one of the most promising up-and-coming talents in La Liga, and Arsenal are among those to have been suitably impressed.
Alcacer’s current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2016, and Valencia are said to be working hard to tie him down to a new long-term deal, but it is thought that his head may already have been turned by the possibility of moving elsewhere.
Valencia brought in Alvaro Negredo on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City with a view to signing him permanently, and it could be that the arrival of the experienced forward has been planned in the event that Alcacer will be lured away from the club in January.
With little time remaining on Alcacer’s contract, Arsenal may be successful with bids in the region of just £10m, and Wenger is said to be mulling over a January move depending on the form of summer deadline day signing Danny Welbeck and the return to fitness of the injured Olivier Giroud.
There’s no doubt Alcacer could make a useful addition to this Gunners side as they lack a bit of pace in attack as well as a genuine goal poacher, with the Los Che hitman showing himself to be in that bracket with his fine recent form.
The starlet is already off the mark for the season, and has one goal and one assist in his first two La Liga