Valencia have held off the attention from the Premier League for their hot and firing young striker, Paco Alcacer, by offering a five-year contract extension, the Daily Star reports.
The 21-year old Spanish International has been a revelation at the Vicente Calderon this season rising to the top of Europe’s list of hottest young prospects.
Arsenal were quickly rumoured to be interested in him as well as other clubs around Europe who have been monitoring his progress but the youngsters future looks set to remain at Spain.
A senior official at Valencia has confirmed that talks had been ongoing between Alcacer and the club and it had not looked like they were ever going to listen to any inquiries from the Gunners or any other club for that matter.
“There are still a few minor details yet to resolve after months of negotiations” Francesco Rufete, Valencia’s Football director said.
“But everything seems to indicate that fairly soon we will be able to announce that Paco Alcacer will be a Valencia player for five years more (from his current deal)”
Normally, the renewal of a player’s contract especially one highly-rated as a huge prospect for the future gives clubs the avenue to insert mammoth buy-out clauses in those contracts either to scare suitors away or to make the most of the player’s value if they had to sell almost immediately and it comes as no surprise that Valencia are looking to take that step with Alcacer as a reported £59m will be set as his buy-out fee, an astronomic rise from the mere £15m in his current deal.
David Villa, David Silva and Juan Mata have all come through Valencia and it is nearly inevitable that the new kid on the block will thread their footsteps away to bigger clubs soon and maybe Arsenal would have been his destination if moves were made earlier. Betting on that possibility now would be quite a gamble as no one at Arsenal appears familiar with that sort of idea, paying such a fee for a rising talent.
Any attempt to tempt Valencia to continue their sell-off policy with bright young stars may not be easy with this particular player as he is currently seen as the figure-head of their new look team who have had a very impressive La Liga campaign so far, sat in fourth place and looking good for a return to the Champions League.
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