AC Milan have reportedly reached an agreement to sell striker Carlos Bacca to West Ham United in a deal worth €30m.
The Colombian international arrived at the San Siro just last summer in a move from Sevilla, and scored a respectable tally of 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.
However, with a change of coach following the arrival of Vincenzo Montella, the Rossoneri are set for a reshuffle of their squad this summer and that in turn has led to them agreeing to sell Bacca.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, there is now an agreement in place between the two clubs over the fee which will give Milan a profit on what they paid Sevilla last year.
In turn, they will now await Bacca’s return from holiday in order to give him an opportunity to agree on personal terms, after which a deal could be completed swiftly if there is a desire from the player to move to the Premier League and join Slaven Bilic’s side.
The Hammers have ambitious plans this summer to bolster their squad as they look to improve on their seventh-place finish last season, while they also move across to the Olympic Park in the upcoming campaign and will hope to have several new faces to help continue their progress.
Atletico Madrid had also been linked with a move for Bacca, as noted by Gazzetta, but it is West Ham who are now closing in on the signing, and will hope that the 29-year-old can deliver for them as he has done throughout his time in Europe.
As for Milan, it remains to be seen how they reinvest the money in the squad, as Montella will undoubtedly have his own plans and personnel in mind, and backed by the expected new ownership in the form of a Chinese consortium, he is expected to have significant funds available later this month when the takeover is completed.