Barcelona are reportedly edging closer to completing the €30m signing of Valencia forward Paco Alcacer after he passed a medical on Monday.
The Spanish international wasn’t part of the Valencia squad that faced Eibar at the weekend, with coach Pako Ayesteran revealing that his striker wasn’t ready to play.
In turn, it led to further speculation that a transfer to Barca was imminent, and according to Mundo Deportivo, the 22-year-old passed his medical on Monday morning and will now go on to sign his contract.
However, he won’t be presented to the club’s supporters until next week as he is currently on international duty and will focus on that in the coming days.
Over the course of the last two seasons, Alcacer has scored 25 La Liga goals in 51 appearances, and stood out during Spain’s qualification campaign for Euro 2016 after finishing as their top goalscorer with five goals.
Although he didn’t make the final squad for France, he will now hope to become a regular for La Roja following his move to the Nou Camp, although naturally he will face stiff competition to get into the starting line-up.
The Catalan giants have been looking to bolster their attacking options all summer, as although they possess the feared attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, they will once again compete on various fronts this season and Luis Enrique will need to rotate.
After missing out on other top targets, it appears as though they’ve now finally landed their man with Alcacer following Andre Gomes from Valencia to Barcelona, after the Portuguese international completed his move last month.
It will likely be a difficult transition from his role at Valencia to the one at Barca, but with time on his side, he’ll undoubtedly hope to become an important part of the club’s long-term success.