Valencia reluctant to sell Alcacer

Valencia president Chan Lay Hoon reveals she has no intention of parting ways with striker Paco Alcacer amid rumours of interest from Barcelona.

Spanish newspaper Sport claimed the 22-year-old striker was on the verge of signing a long-term deal with the Catalans after a €30 million fee has been agreed between the clubs.

However, Hoon has rejected the story claiming that the player not on the verge of joining Barcelona and that the club have absolutely no intention of selling him whatsoever.

"In the event of any doubts, we don't want to sell Paco Alcacer," she said at a club function. "He's a legate of Valencia and we're clear on this."

While it seems no official bid has yet been made, the club will be confident of hanging on to their man, but if Barca do end up making a big-money offer for the young striker, it will be difficult for Valencia to convince him to stay.

Barcelona are the Primera Division defending champions and are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season, while Valencia will not partake in any European competition this season after a horrendous campaign last term saw them finish down in 12th.

They begin their 2016/17 campaign with a home match against Las Palmas on August 22.