Barcelona have completed the signing of Paco Alcacer from La Liga rivals Valencia in a deal worth up to £27million.

The 23-year-old striker becomes Barca’s fifth signing of the summer after passing a medical on Monday and agreeing a five-year contract.

Valencia have replaced Alcacer with Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi, who will spend the remainder of this season on loan at the Mestalla.

 Paco Alcacer poses in a Barcelona shirt after joining the club from Valencia in a £27m deal

The loan includes an option for Valencia to buy Munir, who will wear the No 9 shirt, permanently for a fee of around £10m (12m euros) next summer. Barcelona would receive a percentage of any future transfer fee as part of the deal.

However, in a statement on their website, Barcelona claim Munir  is leaving ‘to continue growing and to further develop his skills so he can come back and reclaim a spot on FC Barcelona’s first team’.

The La Liga champions have paid Valencia an initial £25.5m fee for Alcacer, although that could rise to £27m with add-ons.

Julen Lopategui watches Alcacer (centre) train with his Spain team-mates on Monday

The 23-year-old forward, who will be officially unveiled after he returns from international duty with Spain, has an £85m (100m euros) buy-out clause in his contract.

Alcacer is the first striker to join Luis Enrique’s side this summer, following the arrivals of Lucas Digne, Samuel Umtiti, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez and Jasper Cillessen at the Nou Camp.

Alcacer came through Valencia’s academy and made his debut in 2010, although he spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Getafe to continue his development.

He has scored 25 goals in 51 starts for Los Che over the past two seasons, and was Spain’s top scorer in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with five goals but was excluded from the squad for the finals in France.

The signing of Alcacer signals an end to Barcelona’s summer-long search for a striker to supplement their famous frontline of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, who netted a combined 131 goals in all competitions last season.

 

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