Liverpool will have to spend as much as £21.5 million if they are to secure the services of Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca this summer.
As reported by the Mirror, Sevilla sporting director Monchi has warned interested clubs that the 29-year-old won't be sold for anything less than his buyout clause, insisting that he expects the forward to remain at the club ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
Bacca, of course, is currently starring for Colombia at the Copa America, but it's not seemingly unlikely that he will move to the Premier League in the coming months.
It's not entirely surprising that the likes of Liverpool are interested in the striker, who played a key role in helping his side secure Europa League success last term. In fact, Bacca found the net on 28 occasions in all competitions last term, and has also been linked to the duo of Tottenham and Roma of late.
It appears, though, that the La Liga outfit are determined to keep hold of their talisman despite interest from a number of clubs.
When speaking about Bacca, Monchi stated: “We have no intention of selling him.
“If someone wants Bacca, they have to pay his clause. He’s told us that it’s his desire to stay with the club and I don’t see any other possibility.”
Liverpool, then, appear to be in quite the predicament, as they go about improving their strike force in the upcoming transfer window.
As well as Bacca, Aston Villa front man Christian Benteke has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield of late, with the same report from the Mirror going on to reveal that Villa are demanding as much as £32.5million for the Belgian international, who enjoyed a fine second half to the season under the guidance of Tim Sherwood last season.
Liverpool in need
The report goes on to claim, though, that the club aren't prepared to pay such a large sum for the player's signature, so it remains to be seen as to whether they press ahead with a move for any of their forward targets anytime soon.
One thing's for sure, Liverpool fans will be desperate to see the club make movements in attacking department in the transfer window. Danny Ings from Burnley is set to join the club's ranks, but he still has a great deal to prove after one successful season in the Premier League.
After a season of disappointment on the injury scene, the club may not be able to rely on Daniel Sturridge, while the duo of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli looked out of sorts playing for the club last term. One thing's for sure, the club's hierarchy must get it right over the coming months.
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