Vincenzo Montella is facing a frustrating waiting game as AC Milan boss this summer, with Carlos Bacca holding the key to his transfer market activity.
The Italian tactician was appointed the new Rossoneri coach earlier this month, but is yet to delve into the market to make his first signing.
Both Gianluca Lapadula and Leonel Vangioni arrived prior to his appointment, and given his distinct style of play and system, Montella will be keen to bring in more new faces to mould the squad into one that he can successfully work with.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani had dinner with Bacca’s agent over the weekend as they continue to look for a solution.
What is clear in the report is that the Colombian international wants Champions League football, and Milan haven’t hidden their desire to use the money generated from his sale to reinvest back into the squad with the likes of Piotr Zielinski and Mateo Musacchio waiting on moves to the San Siro.
However, having turned down a chance to move to West Ham United in a €30m deal, it remains to be seen whether or not a deal can be reached between Milan and either Atletico Madrid or Arsenal, and if the player can then reach personal terms with either, as noted by Gazzetta.
Bacca could opt to stay and be part of the exciting new project in Milan with the club set to complete takeover talks with a Chinese consortium this month, which in turn could see significant increases in investment to ensure that they return to the Champions League next year.
Whether or not the former Sevilla striker is ready to wait that long and look to build on his impressive first campaign in Italy remains to be seen, but it still looks as though the ideal scenario for both parties is that he moves on this summer.