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Report: Barcelona finally agree deal for fourth-choice striker Alcacer

Paco Alcacer playing for Spain

Valencia striker Paco Alcacer is one of the few not to be linked with the La Liga champions recently, but he is set to conclude a move to the Camp Nou.

Paco Alcacer playing for Spain

Barcelona are closing in on a 30 million euro deal to sign Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, according to Sport.

Coach Luis Enrique has repeatedly expressed his desire to sign a fourth forward to act as a back-up for Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar throughout the transfer window but missed out on top targets Nolito, Luciano Vietto and Kevin Gameiro, with the trio all choosing guaranteed first-team football elsewhere.

However, despite being heavily linked with Germany international Mario Gomez (below) and Deportivo attacker Lucas Perez in recent days, Barcelona appear to be closing in on a deal for the diminutive Spaniard.

Germany's Mario Gomez reacts

According to Sport, negotiations with the 22-year-old are at an advanced stage and a verbal agreement has been struck despite Valencia preferring to retain the striker.

This comes after sporting director Robert Fernandez said last week that the club would finally conclude their striker hunt before the LaLiga campaign kicks off next weekend.

Furthermore, Alcacer is “convinced he can succeed” at the Camp Nou despite the likelihood of reduced game time.

These developments have come as something of a surprise with Alcacer’s name one of the few centre-forwards not repeatedly linked with the La Liga champions in recent months.

However, the Valencia academy graduate, who missed out on Vicente Del Bosque’s Euro 2016 squad despite topping the goalscoring charts for his country in qualification, appears to fit Enrique’s specifications.

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“We’re looking for a pure striker, with more chances of scoring, who is in the penalty area more, and is fast,” the former Celta coach told Mundo Deportivo last month, as reported by Football Espana.

Alcacer, unlike the more versatile Lucas or the sluggish Gomez, is a classic poacher who thrives on chances in the six-yard box with all 33 of his career LaLiga coming from inside the penalty area (15 of these from six yards or less).

13 goals for Los Che in 2015/16 may appear relatively unimpressive compared to the 17 netted by Lucas at an otherwise strike-shy Depor, but Alcacer is a player reliant upon chances being created for him.

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At struggling Valencia, however, opportunities were not regularly forthcoming, with key creators Sofiane Feghouli, Alvaro Negredo, Pablo Piatti, Rodrigo and, to a lesser extent, Andre Gomes all enduring indifferent campaigns for a variety of reasons.

At the Camp Nou, however, with Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and co laying on the chances at a prolific basis, Alcacer should thrive.

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