After Carlos Bacca’s agent went public with his client’s willingness to change clubs this summer , and went as far as mentioning Liverpool as a preferred target , it appears as a question of when, rather than if , the Merseysiders will submit a formal offer for the 28-year-old Colombian International. However , the comments regarding the player fancying a move to the English giants have probably irked Bacca’s current club Sevilla , who were intent on keeping the Striker , especially as they can offer him Champions League football next season, unlike Liverpool who missed out following their sixth place finish.
Sevilla, however, cannot hope to match the financial strength of the Reds who signed Alberto Moreno last summer from the same club. Despite winning the Europa League for the second consecutive year, Sevilla are likely to lose several star players , just as they did last summer , when they lost Ivan Rakitic and Alberto Moreno, and Bacca heads the list.
Bacca’s contract reportedly has a €30 million release clause and if reports in the Spanish Press are to be believed, Liverpool will have to pay the full amount if they wish to secure the player’s services. Local newspaper Estadio Deportivo has reported that the Spanish club will not budge from their current valuation of the much coveted striker and will demand all of the mooted transfer fee in one go, as they believe that Liverpool have the financial clout to do so.
The paper also reports that Sevilla are unlikely to negotiate different terms. Although transfers normally involve parachute payments over a couple of years with a part payed initially , or the inclusion of add-on fee related to performance and achievement , the Spanish club are unlikely to accept any such offer from Liverpool.
The Reds , for their part , are in dire need of a quality goal-scorer and considering that €30 million might not be such a high figure for a 20-goal-a-striker , their fans will be expecting them to wrap up the deal soon.