Barcelona use Munir & Samper to tempt Valencia into Alcacer sale

The La Masia graduates could be heading for Mestalla as part of a deal for the accomplished forward, whose current pricetag is far above what Barca are willing to pay

Barcelona are determined to bring Valencia hitman Paco Alcacer to Camp Nou, and could release both Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper to convince Los Che to bring down their valuation of the Spain international. 

After a long, fruitless summer searching for a suitable rotation option behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar the Liga champions finally appear to have found their man. 

Negotiations with Valencia have progressed well, and Alcacer has responded positively to the challenge of playing as the first man off the bench backing up the world's most potent forward line. 

The biggest obstacle to a deal, however, is a considerable difference in what Barcelona are willing to pay for their target and the fee Los Che consider acceptable to release the striker to one of their domestic rivals. 

The Catalans are reluctant to bid over €30 million for Alcacer, while Valencia would like to receive up to €50m, a figure that is still some way south of his €80m release clause. 

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While the gap would appear insurmountable, Barca hold two valuable cards: young strike pair Munir and Samper, who could both enter negotiations. 

Munir affirmed recently that he would be happy to accept a move away should the club bring in a new striker, while Samper is aware the chances of him staying in the Barca first team are minimal. 

And after efforts to place Alen Halilovic at the Mestalla broke down due to salary differences, the La Masia pair could be making their way to Valencia either on loan moves or permanent transfers with a buyback option, thereby lowering Alcacer's pricetag. 

The fluid relationship between the two giants and Robert Fernandez's excellent links with the Che board have refloated the possibility of Paco moving north to Catalunya, and more news on the transfer is expected imminently.