Sevilla sporting director Monchi has revealed that no formal offers have been received for Carlos Bacca, but is apprehensive over his future at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan with four Premier League clubs interested.
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The Colombia international netted 28 goals in all competitions for the Rojiblancos last season, with this strike exemplifying his match-winning confidence, and why he has attracted interest across Europe this summer:
Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma have been rumoured to be considering a bid within the coming months [Daily Mail], as well as Liverpool [Daily Star], but the Liga BBVA outfit are determined to keep a hold of their star striker.
Nonetheless, while Sevilla sporting director Monchi reveals that no offers have yet been received for the Colombian forward, the club are concerned that his buy-out clause could be met in the summer, which could leave them almost hopeless to keep him if he decides that he’d like to move on.
“We have not received an official offer for Bacca,” he told the club’s official website, “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.”
Bacca is currently competing in the Copa America, and any transfer therefore may have to wait until he returns from Chile, which could be as late as July 4th – if Colombia reach the final of the tournament.
His time in the competition hasn’t quite gone to plan after he was shown a red card following a mass brawl in their group game versus Brazil last Thursday. Both Bacca and Neymar were sent off after the final whistle. The Barcelona forward has consequently been suspended for the remainder of the tournament, while the Colombia attacker had to sit out his side’s final game of Group C against Peru on Sunday.
Bacca, however, could be set to return to Jose Pekerman’s XI in their quarter-final against Argentina on Saturday.