Southampton monitoring Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer

Paco Alcacer (right) has struggled to play regular football at Barcelona
Image: Paco Alcacer (right) has struggled to play regular football at Barcelona

Southampton are keeping tabs on Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, Sky Sports News understands.

The Premier League club's Spanish scouting network has been tracking the progress of the 24-year old, who scored 24 goals in two La Liga seasons for Valencia before moving to the Nou Camp for £26m two years ago.

But Paco Alcacer failed to nail down a regular first place under former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique and current boss Ernesto Valverde, scoring just nine times in 33 appearances.

Southampton, now managed by former Barcelona striker Mark Hughes, are likely to face competition from Villarreal and Celta Vigo.

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