Barcelona increase Alcacer offer to €30m

The Spanish champions have freed up more funds, making a net profit on the deals taking Claudio Bravo to Manchester City and bringing Jasper Cillessen to Camp Nou

Barcelona are ready to increase their offer for Valencia striker Paco Alcacer to €30 million after selling Claudio Bravo, Goal understands.

The Spanish champions made a net profit of around €5m on the deals taking Bravo to Manchester City and bringing Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen to Camp Nou to replace him.

With €24m left in their transfer budget before those moves and some flexibility in using a small portion of next season's cash this summer, Barca are now in a position to meet Valencia's asking price for the 22-year-old striker.

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Los Che are expected to eventually settle for a package worth between €30m and €35m for Alcacer before Wednesday's Spanish transfer deadline.

Earlier in the summer, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu stated that he "will not pay €40m for a substitute" but the club's hands have been tied.

Alcacer is, thus far, the only one of their targets willing to accept he will start on the bench and Valencia have publicly insisted he will only be sold for his €80m release clause, although that stance is likely to change next week.