English club Southampton have emerged in a three-way race with Real Betis and Valencia for Paco Alcacer.
The 24-year-old Spaniard joined the Catalan club in 2016 on a five-year contract and despite playing limited games, played an important part in their double success this season, scoring a total of 15 goals in his 50 appearances since joining.
Having struggled for game time behind the likes of Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho – the striker has now decided on a move elsewhere.
Onda Cero claimed that the striker has already began moving his family back to the city, where they will reside in his former home – but a move back to Valencia is not certain after interest from Betis and now, the Saints.
Southampton boss Mark Hughes is keen on exploring a move after looking to bolster his attacking options.
Despite Alcacer’s lack of playing time at the Camp Nou – boss Ernesto Valverde may opt to look for a replacement, having utilised the Spaniard in the Copa del Rey and in games where Suarez has been rested.
Alcacer, who missed out on a World Cup place this month – scored 42 times in 125 appearances for Valencia before his move to the league winners and his arrival is expected to delight the club’s fans.