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Opinion: Southampton could be about to make their best transfer decisions in years

Southampton are yet to make a signing in the transfer window so far but, that could be about to change, according to Mundo Deportivo via Sport Witness.

The Catalan newspaper are reporting that Southampton are interested in bringing Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer to St. Mary’s this summer, and the Spaniard would be an excellent acquisition.

One of Mark Hughes’ biggest concerns within the squad will be surrounding choices up front. Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long are all – for different reasons – unreliable options to have. On the other hand, Alcacer, who is valued at £13.50m by Transfermarkt, has shown in La Liga he has the potential to be a very a good striker.

While Alcacer has struggled in large parts since joining Barcelona back in 2016, the 26-year-old often delivered for both his previous club Valencia and the Spain national team at a young age.

At a team such as Barcelona, who have had some of the best attacking options in world football, it’s understandable why Alcacer hasn’t managed to set the Nou Camp alight. Having the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in attack has meant starting opportunities have been limited.

Alcacer, quite frankly, hasn’t been able to build momentum or find any sort of rhythm at Barcelona.

The former Valencia centre-forward, though, is a good finisher and, under the right circumstances, there’s no reason why he can’t recreate his Mestalla goalscoring form at the St. Mary’s stadium.

Thoughts? 

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