Carlos Bacca could leave Sevilla for Champions League club

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Colombian striker Carlos Bacca will consider a move away from his current employers Sevilla this summer if it's to join a team that is competing in the Champions League.

That's according to the 28-year-old's agent Sergio Barila, who claims the reported Manchester United and Arsenal target is not motivated by money, more the opportunity to better himself by playing in Europe's elite club competition.

The Daily Mail carries quotes from the South American marksman's representative - taken from an interview with Italian publication Corriere dello Sport - which suggest that recent interest from Serie 'A' giants AS Roma is also an appealing proposition.

"If Bacca were to leave Sevilla, it will not be for the money, but a chance to play in the Champions League," he explained. "We've already said no to lucrative offers out of China and the United Arab Emirates.

"Carlos is deeply religious. And in Rome, there is the pope. And apart from that we are talking about one of the best clubs [Roma]."

So, whilst the prospect of a switch to Stadio Olimpico based in the Italian capital is attractive, there's plenty of reason for fellow suitors Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger to be optimistic about their chances of securing the player's signature.

After a stand-out 2014/15 campaign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium where Bacca netted a mightily impressive 28 goals in all competitions for Unai Emery's side, it's unsurprising he's garnered attention from a number of different parties in the lead up to the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new talisman following the unsuccessful season-long loan stint of Bacca's international team-mate Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford, and believe the Sevilla star could be the man for the job.

Meanwhile, the Gunners hope to ease the goalscoring burden on Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium by bringing in another proven striker that knows where to find the net, and based on the former Club Bruge man's return of 49 goals in 108 matches in Spain he appears to tick all the boxes.

However, for now the in-demand star - who netted a match-winning brace against FC Dnipro in this year's Europa League final, to secure Sevilla a record-breaking fourth title - is concentrating on performing for his country at the Copa America in Chile, and will put transfer talks on hold until the completion of the tournament, meaning Manchester United and Arsenal supporters must wait a little while longer yet.

"Bacca is now totally focused on doing well with Colombia at the Copa America and is fine with, and grateful to, Sevilla, who helped him to be recognised at the international level," added Barila. "However, the market is unpredictable.

"We'll have a meeting with Sevilla after the tournament and look at what's on the table."

Where do you think Carlos Bacca will end up playing next season? Will he stay at Sevilla, or join one of Manchester United, Arsenal or Roma? Have your say in the comment box below...

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