The rumors have been swirling for so long that they may not really be called rumors anymore, just leaked details of a sure thing. Paco Alcacer is leaving Valencia to join Barcelona for 30 million euro, plus variables, while Munir El-Haddadi is going the other way on loan, with an option to buy, with an option for a buy-back (got all that?).
But the biggest leak yet has come from the FC Barcelona official site. It seems that today, the site accidentally published a picture of Alcacer wearing a Barcelona shirt, with text promoting a contest to win a signed shirt. "Welcome Paco Alcacer!" it read, adding: "The young Spanish forward is the sixth signing of the 16/17 season and we want to celebrate his arrival by drawing for a shirt he has signed exclusively for Barcelona fans."
Of course, once word spread, the page was deleted, but the internet never forgets.
Barça have already let an image of Paco Alcacer slip on to their website - may speed up the announcement pic.twitter.com/GNzTAtgSSe— Sam Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 29, 2016
Now it seems, it's just a matter of making an official announcement.