Arsenal & Chelsea chasing ‘bargain of Europe’ striker

Arsenal and Chelsea are plotting moves to trigger Valencia starlet Paco Alcacer’s £14.5m release clause before Valencia can tie him down to a new deal, according to reports from The Express.

The 21-year-old striker has emerged as one of Spanish football’s top young talents over the course of the past couple of years, advancing from Los Che’s academy set-up to become a first-team regular.

He netted his first goal for La Roja on Monday night as the beat Macedonia 5-1, and is widely being tipped to be a future star for his nation as they enter a new era.

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And now Chelsea and Arsenal are readying moves for him, with the youngster’s release clause tempting for them.

Valencia are attempting to get their man to commit to the club long-term and raise the figure needed to free him from the Mestalla to around £25m, but negotiations are on-going.

One newspaper in his homeland described Alcacer as the ‘bargain of Europe’ thanks to his talent and promise, with his seven goals in 11 Europa League outings last term evidence of his abilities.

Arsenal and Chelsea may test the waters with offers in January, but it remains to be seen as to whether or not the emerging hit-man will be ready to leave his homeland.