Paco Alcácer might be the next player to leave Barcelona this summer. The club are currently negotiating with Premier League side Watford for the striker join them on an initial two-year loan deal. At the end of those two years, Watford would be forced to buy Alcacer outright. The transfer is moving forward and it's now down to the player to agree to the move so he can be released from Barça's US tour.
The original plan was to sell Alcacer but the offers on the table didn't convince Barça or the player. In fact, Alcacer was willing to wait for a potential return to Valencia if they sold Rodrigo Moreno. That option appears to have been discarded at the moment. Watford are reluctant to pay a high price up front and would instead prefer a two-year loan deal. The loan fees for both seasons would then be deducted from the fixed asking price in 2020.
Watford remain interested but the deal has stalled until Alcacer himself makes a decision. The striker won't close the door on any move as he knows he's unlikely to get many minutes at the Camp Nou this season. Next week will be key to resolving his future.
Alcacer signed for Barcelona two years ago in a €30m deal. If they reach an agreement with Watford, they're likely to make their money back. However the English side are looking at other options so Alcacer will need to make a decision quickly. The transfer market in England closes on the 9th August, earlier than in Spain and other major leagues.