Manchester United join Liverpool in race to sign Carlos Bacca

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Manchester United have made an enquiry over the potential signing of Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, according to the Telegraph. 

The report claims that the Red Devils have joined Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to secure the Colombian's services in the upcoming transfer window. 

United, of course, are on the lookout for an addition in attack after Bacca's international teammate Radamel Falcao departed Old Trafford after his season-long loan deal came to an end. 

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And it now appears that Bacca could be the man to replace Falcao at the Theatre of Dreams, with the player having enjoyed a fine campaign on the domestic scene for Sevilla. As well as finding the back of the net on 20 occasions in La Liga last term, the forward played a key role in helping his club claim Europa League success.

In fact, the striker was at the double as Sevilla beat Dnipro in the final of the competition to secure their place in next season's Champions League competition. 

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Bacca race 

It appears, though, that it won't be easy for ManchesterUnited to secure the deal in the upcoming transfer window, with the same report claiming that Sevilla want as much as £21 million for the striker.

And United are most certainly not alone in the race to sign him, with the same report claiming that Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Swansea City and, of course, Liverpool have an interest in bringing him to England's elite division in the near future. 

The wrong man 

But is he the right man for the Red Devils, as they go about securing the Premier League title in 2015/16? 

One thing's for sure, Bacca's goalscoring record is extremely impressive, but perhaps United would be better off targeting a younger forward. Ultimately, at 28-years of age, the Colombian will soon be approaching the latter stages of his career, so United could do with finding long-term replacements for the duo of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, who aren't getting any younger. 

It's not surprising that Tottenham youngster Harry Kane has been linked: he's young, full of potential and fits the bill in terms of home-grown talent. Most importantly, of course, is that he's already proved he can score goals in England's elite division. Let's be honest, though, the north London outfit aren't going to give him up without a fight.

The likes of Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema are of a similar age to Bacca, but they are arguably an upgrade on the Colombian. If the Manchester United hierarchy are going to splash the cash on an established striker, then they must target one at the very top if they are serious about overhauling Chelsea at the summit of the Premier League. 

Manchester United fans: Which striker do you want to arrive at Old Trafford this summers? Have your say in the comment section below! 

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