Spanish newspaper Sport is reporting that Barcelona are contemplating a loan move for peripheral striker Paco Alcacer.
The 24-year-old, who signed from Valencia for €30 million in the summer of 2016, has failed to integrate himself into the Barcelona squad, starting just seven times in La Liga – with only one of those starts coming this season.
With little to no chance of the Spaniard replacing Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez as the club’s main attacker, Paco Alcacer may have to consider his options.
According to reports, these options come in the form of loan moves to Lille in Ligue 1 or Southampton in the English Premier League.
Spanish newspapers have been writing about Lille chief executive Marc Ingla’s travels to Barcelona to express his club’s interest in the striker, while Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa is also keen on the move.
Paco Alcacer’s arrival at Lille would come in a time of desperate need for the French club; they’ve scored just six goals from eight Ligue 1 games and lost last season’s top-scorer Nicolas de Preville to Bordeaux.
A move to Southampton seems less likely – and perhaps the one with the least sense – as The Saints already have three capable goalscorers in Manolo Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin and Shane Long.
Regardless, Paco Alcacer won’t be doing much for his chances of making the Spain squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by sitting on the bench at Barcelona, and may very well opt for a temporary move away from the club to regain form.