Southampton in three way Alcacer race with Spanish duo

Southampton in three way Alcacer race with Spanish duo

June 8, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

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.

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