Saturday 18 November 2017

Manchester United and Liverpool to battle it out for Sevilla striker

Sevilla's Carlos Bacca
Sevilla's Carlos Bacca

Matt Law

Manchester United are among a host of Premier League clubs that have made enquiries over Liverpool target Carlos Bacca.

Sevilla are insistent that Bacca will only leave if his £21 million release clause is met and it is unclear whether United or any other English club is prepared to pay that fee.

Striker Bacca scored 20 La Liga goals for Sevilla last season and netted twice in the Europa League final victory over Dnipro.

Liverpool have held talks over a move for Bacca, although it remains to be seen whether they retain a strong interest after completing the £29million signing of forward Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim.

United are in the market for a striker and while Bacca may not be among their top targets, the Old Trafford club have taken soundings on what it would take to bring the 28-year-old to England.

Having decided against signing Chelsea-bound Radamel Falcao and with Robin van Persie’s future in doubt, United want to sign a new forward to share the goalscoring burden with captain Wayne Rooney.

Read more: Liverpool transfer news: Roberto Firmino to undergo medical at Anfield

Harry Kane and Karim Benzema are understood to be United’s top striker targets, but Tottenham insist their star man is not for sale and Benzema will attract plenty of interest if he is allowed to leave Real Madrid.

Should moves for Kane and Benzema fail, then United could yet turn to Bacca, who was involved in controversy in the Copa America when he was red-carded for pushing over Brazil star Neymar during Colombia’s 1-0 victory.

Other than United and Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Swansea City have all registered an interest in Bacca, while there are at least three foreign clubs closely monitoring his situation.

According to Spanish reports, Bacca wants to leave Sevilla this summer and is keen on the idea of moving to the Premier League.

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