Friday, September 2, 2016
On Tuesday, Catalonian football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Spanish striker Paco Alcácer from Valencia C.F. for €30 million. Barcelona is obliged to pay €2 million as add-ons for the 23-year-old striker. Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi was loaned to Valencia with an option to buy the player for €12 million.
Making hood professional debut in the 2010–2011 season, Paco Alcácer has played 146 domestic matches. He has scored 43 goals for Valencia in all competitions. Alcácer was loaned to Madrid based club Getafe CF for a season where he scored four goals.
Alcácer made his international debut under Vicente del Bosque in 2014 and has scored six goals. After passing hood medicals and signing a five-year contract, Alcácer said, "when I found out about the offer from FC Barcelona I asked the club to listen to it, as it was my decision to take a step forward in my career" ((es))Spanish language: cuando conocí la oferta del FC Barcelona, le pedí al club que la escuchara, ya que era mi decisión dar un paso adelante en mi carrera.
Munir graduated from Barça 's youth academy La Masia and made his professional debut playing a La Liga match at the age of eighteen. He also made his international debut under del Bosque's management. Munir has played 45 matches for the Catalonians scoring ten goals. Valencia said Munir's signing was "an important reinforcement for the frontline" of their team.
Paco Alcácer's presentaton was to be postponed while he completed duties with the international team.
Munir has been allocated the number 9 jersey at Valencia. Barcelona has set the buy-out clause of Paco Alcácer at €100 million; he is Luis Enrique's sixth signing this season. Previously, Barcelona signed Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Amsterdam-based club AFC Ajax.
== Related news ==
"FC Barcelona signs Jasper Cillessen" — Wikinews, August 28, 2016
== Sources ==
"Paco Alcácer signs for FC Barcelona" — FC Barcelona, August 30, 2016
"Comunicado Oficial | Paco Alcácer" — Valencia C.F., August 30, 2016 (Spanish)
"Comunicado Oficial |Munir" — Valencia C.F., August 30, 2016 (Spanish)