Paco Alcacer of Spain scores the winning goal against the Czech Republic during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final.
Paco Alcacer of Spain scores the winning goal against the Czech Republic during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final.Reuters

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on Valencia's young talent Francisco Alcacer, according to English reports.

The Spain Under-21 striker, who spent last season on loan at Getafe, has become a key player at Valencia and has scored nine goals in 19 appearances this season, including the winning goal at Barcelona in February.

According to the Daily Mirror, Alcacer has attracted the interest of Wenger who is very keen on bringing him to the Emirates as he wants to add depth to his strikeforce. Indeed the Arsenal manager has had the Spain Under-21 star watched four times in the last month.

The striker, who has represented Spain at every age group level from U16s to U21s, has come through the ranks at Valencia and was previously a regular scorer for their B team.

As yet there are no concrete details regarding a transfer fee, but Alcacer's promising early career should ensure he is pursued by several clubs in the summer transfer window.

Manchester United target Alvaro Morata also remains at the top of the Gunners' wish-list this summer – the Real Madrid starlet recently voiced his frustration about his Real exile, suggesting he needs more playing time to be happy.

Arsenal tried for a loan deal for Morata in January but the Spanish giants refused to allow the player to leave. However, now they have reportedly settled on a permanent transfer in the summer as Madrid are prepared to sell the player for a fee in the region of £25m, although the Gunners have yet to agree this price.

Valencia are also trying to agree a new deal with left-back Juan Bernat to scare off Manchester United, who view him as a potential summer target.