Liverpool have been told to cough up £21.5m for Sevilla attacker Carlos Bacca.
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Bacca has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, however it is believed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to snatch the Colombian away from the grasp of the Reds’ Premier League rivals.
Aston Villa hitman Christian Benteke was believed to be Liverpool’s number one transfer target, but The Mirror reports that the Reds may opt for the cheaper option in Bacca.
Bacca has scored 34 goals in 71 La Liga appearances for Sevilla, and the club’s sporting director Monchi warned that any potential suitors would need to trigger the player’s £21.5m buyout clause.
“We have no intention of selling him,” Monchi is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
“If someone wants Bacca, they have to pay his clause. He’s told us that it’s his desire to stay with the club and I don’t see any other possibility.”
According to the newspaper, the 29-year-old is also believed to have interest from Tottenham and AS Roma, meaning Liverpool will face major competition in the chase for the former Club Brugge man’s signature.