Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca wants to join Liverpool this summer, according to his agent. Sergio Barila, who is quoted by the Daily Mirror, specifically names the Reds as the major interested party in his client and admits that we are top of their list of preferred destinations.
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He says: “We are really looking at three things – number one is to have a happy family situation for his wife and son because he had a bad experience in Belgium [with Club Brugge].
“The second is to find a good team with a good project. Before he went to Chile [for the Copa America], we wrote down a list of clubs that fit that description and Liverpool was on that list.
“The third question is the contract. He has a good salary in Sevilla but we know how much clubs in England can pay.”
However, the Spanish side are not going to give up on their star player without a fight. Sevilla sporting director Monchi is quoted by The Independent and says that they definitely won’t sell unless the player’s £21.5m buyout clause is met.
“We have not received an official offer for Bacca,” he insisted. “We are not in negotiations for any important player. I’m no fortune-teller but top strikers in the market there aren’t that many.
“Bacca has averaged 24.5 goals, 21 goals in his first season at the club and 28 in his second. I hope no one pays his buy-out clause. It’s a risk we take but we can’t do anything about that.
“We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future.”
The 28-year-old has indeed been in fine form for his club over the last two years, guiding them to back-to-back Europa League victories and scoring twice in the 2015 final against Dnipro.
His future could become far more apparent later this week. His Colombia side take on Argentina in the Copa America quarter-finals this evening, where defeat will likely allow the striker to return to Europe.
Of course, Colombia’s continued participation in the competition does not necessarily mean that we’ll have to wait any longer on a deal. Ian Ayre has already flown to Chile to confirm a deal for Brazilian international Roberto Firmino and there’s little to stop him from continuing his pursuit of new signings there.
It’s been a fantastic summer for us so far, with five new signings confirmed and a deal for Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne seemingly imminent (via Liverpool Echo). The addition of a world class striker – such as Bacca – would really be the icing on the cake and leave us in a very fine position for next season.