Report: Barcelona Negotiating Permanent Paco Alcacer, Paulinho Transfers

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 16, 2018

Dortmund's Spanish forward Paco Alcacer celebrate after scoring the 3-2 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Munich in Dortmund, western Germany, on November 10, 2018. (Photo by Patrik STOLLARZ / AFP) / RESTRICTIONS: DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona are reportedly negotiating the permanent transfers of striker Paco Alcacer and midfielder Paulinho, who are on loan with Borussia Dortmund and Guangzhou Evergrande, respectively.

El Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana) reported talks are under way for both players to leave the Camp Nou for good in 2019, with both Alcacer and Paulinho in fine form for their temporary teams this season.

According to the report, Barca will receive a €23 million (£20.4 million) fee from Dortmund for Alcacer, while Paulinho will rejoin his former Chinese Super League employers for a much heftier €50 million (£44.3 million).

The prescribed fee to take Alcacer to Dortmund on permanent terms looks a particular bargain considering his swift adaptation to life in the Bundesliga, where he has scored eight goals in only six appearances.

The Spaniard holds a prolific record of nine goals in eight games for the Black and Yellows in all competitions, including one strike in the club's 3-0 UEFA Champions League win over AS Monaco in October.

Not that Dortmund boss Lucien Favre will have any complaints as he looks to keep his side top of the German first tier, but Alcacer's magic touch in Germany has been somewhat ignored by his national team, per DW Sports:

DW Sports @dw_sports

Dortmund's Paco Alcacer has been left out of Spain's latest squad 😳 BVB: 7 goals in 8 games Spain: 3 goals in 2 games 🤷‍♂️ https://t.co/zY83YfuvBu

The 25-year-old moved to the Camp Nou in 2016 from Valencia, where he first rose to prominence and netted 43 times in 124 outings for Los Che.

Alcacer's record has been all the more impressive considering he's started only twice in the Bundesliga and has developed something of a cult status at the Westfalenstadion:

Borussia Dortmund @BlackYellow

*Watching this video* My brain: Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Don’t say it Me: Paco Alcácer https://t.co/mp8RLrf61a

Paulinho's stay in Catalonia was even shorter, and the Brazil international returned to Guangzhou on loan in July, with it understood the club were always keen to sell him back for a fee next year.

He helped the club finish second in the Chinese Super League this season and enjoyed an immediate return to success in the division, scoring 13 goals and recording seven assists in 19 games, per Transfermarkt.

The 30-year-old had a hand in three goals in a single game on three occasions since his return, one of which came in a 5-0 thrashing of Tianjin Quanjian, via ESPN:

It will be remarkable business on Barca's part if they do secure a €50 million fee for Paulinho, whom they signed from Guangzhou for only €40 million in August 2017.

The sales will help fill Barca's coffers for 2019 if they are completed, while neither departure will noticeably weaken Ernesto Valverde's first team.


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