The Corriere dello Sport reports that Premier League giants Arsenal are taken the lead over their London rivals West Ham United in the hunt to sign AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The 29-year-old superstar is a renowned goal scorer from his time with former clubs Club Brugge, Sevilla and now with the Serie A giants. He is also currently part of the Colombian national team and has an overall tally of 223 goals in 438 appearances across all competitions so far.
It includes netting 18 times last term during his debut season in Italy, with 13 goals in 33 matches at the international level as well.
Mirror Football further added that the Hammers agreed a £26m fee with the San Siro based giants, who themselves signed the player from La Liga outfit Sevilla last summer, though the South American is yet to respond to their offer.
Manager Vincenzo Montella further suggested that Bacca would prefer joining the Gunners rather, who were linked with the attacker by the Gazzetta World some time ago.
The Milan boss spoke in an interview with the Corriere dello Sport stating Bacca’s desire to play in the Champions League next season. He said, “It’s hard to give up a player who guarantees goals. The club will evaluate things with the boy, because he aspires to play in the Champions League.”
“The squad needs to be completed but we have clear ideas. The ball is now in [CEO Adriano] Galliani’s court – he must make the best choices based on the market and our finances.”