FC Barcelona has announced the signing of Spainish forward, Paco Alcacer from Valencia on a five-year contract. The Catalan club will be paying £30 million plus £2 million in variables for the 23-year-old.
The player whose buy-out clause is set at €100 million, will be officially unveiled next week and may be the Spanish champions’ last signing in the transfer window.
The striker born in Torrent, Valencia in 1993, is well known for his goal scoring ability. Alcácer has played 146 matches in two spells at Valencia and a season on loan at Getafe.
After making his debut for ‘los ché’ in 2010/11, he spent 2012/13 at the Madrid club, playing 23 matches and scoring four goals. Paco Alcacer returned to Valencia and reached a total of 43 goals in all competitions after two more seasons with his local club.
He made his international debut on 4 September 2014 for the Spanish national team under the stewardship of Vicente del Bosque in a friendly against France. Up until now the new Barça striker has made 13 appearances for Spain, scoring six goals in that time.
Paco Alcacer becomes the first striker signed this summer by Luis Enrique’s team following defenders Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne, midfielders André Gomes and Denis Suárez and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Valencia have replaced Alcacer with Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi, who will spend the remainder of this season on loan at the Mestalla.
The loan includes an option for Valencia to buy Munir, who will wear the No 9 shirt, permanently for a fee of around £10 million (€12 million) next summer. Barcelona would receive a percentage of any future transfer fee as part of the deal.
However, Barcelona have claimed in a statement on their website, that Munir was only leaving to continue growing and to further develop his skills so he can come back and reclaim a spot on FC Barcelona’s first team.