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Barcelona confirm €32m arrival on five-year contract as starlet moves in opposite direction on loan

Barcelona have opened up their cheque book again this summer to secure the signing of former Valencia forward Paco Alcacer.

The Catalan giants had been in the market for an additional striker, and after falling short in their pursuits of other targets this summer, they’ve finally landed one on their list.

As confirmed on the club’s official website, the 23-year-old joins for an initial €30m with a further €2m in potential bonuses, while there is a buyout clause of €100m inserted into his five-year contract.

It’s been a busy summer for the La Liga champions, with Luis Enrique already signing Jasper Cillessen, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne, Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes, and so in turn he’ll be feeling extremely confident about their ability to compete for various trophies this season.

However, as part of the deal taking Alcacer to Barca, the club have sent talented youngster Munir El-Haddadi in the opposite direction on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the year.

It’s a big blow for Valencia to lose a striker that has scored 43 goals for the club in 123 appearances, but their loss is certainly Barca’s gain as they add another quality striker to their squad.

While Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will undoubtedly remain the first-choice attacking trident, what Alcacer offers Enrique is a more than able alternative off the bench and an opportunity to rotate his squad to avoid pushing the feared ‘MSN’ trio into playing every game possible.

With Real Madrid added Alvaro Morata to their attacking options which already involved Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, the battle between the two Spanish giants over who has the best attack has simply gotten even more heated this summer.

Opinions will be split on which is better, but ultimately, Barca look in a strong position to compete both at home and in Europe following their transfer business this summer.

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