Barcelona might be one step closer to signing Paco Alcácer.
Catalan journalist Gerard Romero, one of the most reliable sources in Spain, has tweeted the following:
La COPE Vigo: acuerdo cerrado por MUNIR al Celta, con el jugador y con el Barça,aunque NO será oficial hasta q el Barça cierre el 9 #mercato— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) August 24, 2016
Si el Barça acaba cerrando la llegada de Paco Alcácer, Munir se marchará al Celta de Berizzo, si no llega Paco, Munir NO sale #mercato— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) August 24, 2016
MuniR si sale será CEDIDO al Celta, NO traspaso con opción de compra #mercato— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) August 24, 2016
If you don't understand Spanish, don't worry. Romero is reporting that Barça have reached an agreement with Celta Vigo for the loan of backup forward Munir El-Haddadi, who would join the Celestes this season. This would be a straight up loan; Barça won't sell with a buy-back clause like they did with Denis Suarez or Alen Halilovic.
Now, as Romero makes clear, this deal will not happen unless Barça sign Valencia's Paco Alcácer. Paco is Enrique's only target, and if the transfer is not completed by the end of the transfer window, he will stick with the current roster, and Munir will stay at the club. If Alcácer's deal does happen and the Spanish international joins the Blaugrana, Munir will then join Celta.
I don't know about you guys, but why would Barça reach an agreement with Celta if they weren't sure about Alcácer? Does that mean Paco will actually be a Barça player? Should we get excited?