Liverpool appear to have missed out on one of their main striker targets of the summer, after Carlos Bacca agreed to join AC Milan.
According to the Daily Mail, the 28-year-old has agreed personal terms over a move to San Siro, however the Rossoneri still need to agree a fee with the Colombian’s current club Sevilla. The Mail report that he has a release clause in his contract worth just over £21m.
His agent Sergio Barila revealed that he snubbed a move elsewhere because he felt switching to the Serie A side would be the right move for him.
“Carlos chose what is best for his future, so it’s only natural he is happy,” he said.
The Mail report that Barila had previously stated that a move to Anfield would interest Bacca, so the news that he has decided against going to the Premier League club will come as a blow to Reds fans who were hoping that their new-found ambition in the transfer market – having already signed Roberto Firmino for £29m (via BBC Sport) – would see them go after one of the most lethal forwards in Europe in recent years.
Bacca scored 20 times in La Liga last season, and helped the side retain the Europa League trophy, while the Merseyside club scratched around for goals all year.
And now he has practically completed his move to Italy, Brendan Rodgers will have to go back to the drawing board as he tries to provide Daniel Sturridge with the support he needs.