Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell Paco Alcacer for a price tag of €30 million, with Everton enquiring about the player.
According to a report by a Spanish Publication Sport, Barcelona are willing to offload Paco Alcacer in the summer transfer window, if they receive €30 million for him – the exact same amount that the Catalan giants paid Valencia in 2016 to bring him to the Nou Camp. Everton are interested in the Spanish striker.
Paco Alcacer signed as a backup to the trio of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi in 2016. But, the player has struggled to make a significant impact at the club since his arrival, bagging only 8 goals and 3 assists across all competitions last season. The major concern is the fact that majority of his time has been spent on the bench at Barcelona.
Although, Neymar’s departure last year brought forth a good chance for Alcacer to gather more chances. But, Ernesto Valverde’s interest in using the 4-4-2 system trimmed the possibilities for Alcacer to get the regular game time in the starting XI, despite showing some good form at the start of last campaign.
Thus, the 24-year-old reportedly wants to leave the club in search of more minutes, with the club also willing to offload him.
Everton have enquired about the possibility of signing the player, as Marco Silva, the new manager of the Toffees seeks to add more fire-power in his attacking department in the squad as Sandro Ramirez has failed to fit into the shoes of Romelu Lukaku after the latter got transferred to Manchester United last year. To bolster their attack, Alcacer’s versatility to play at any position upfront makes him a viable target for Everton.
Barcelona are set for a squad overhaul, as Ernesto Valverde looks to create a solid Barcelona squad that will be able to become genuine Champions League contenders next season. The club has already sold Gerard Deulofeu and are already considering offers on the table for Yerry Mina and Paulinho.
Furthermore, Everton reportedly asked about the Spanish International back in winter transfer window too and would come back again knocking on the door this summer, considering the Blaugrana club are ready to sell him at a decent price. Moreover, according to additional claims by Sport the Catalan Board are set to meet with Alcacer’s agent next week. They are going to examine all the possible options available to the striker and let him know that he isn’t part of their plans next season.
The 24-year-old has a lot of time to resurrect his career. His ability to play all across the front three would make him a valuable asset for any team, and he got pace and is clinical in front of goal. He will have no shortage of offers from other clubs and the €30 million price tag set by Barcelona appears to be reasonable in such a ridiculously inflated transfer market.