Manchester United and Liverpool have been warned they must pay a mouthwatering €35 million if they are serious about signing Carlos Bacca this summer after Sevilla's sporting director Monchi intimated the striker will not leave the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium for anything less than his current buyout clause.
TalkSPORT carries quotes from the senior official at the Spanish club which suggest the Premier League suitors will have to shell out a significant sum on the Colombia international, following an impressive 2014/15 campaign for Unai Emery's side.
Bacca netted 28 goals in all competitions to help Sevilla lift the Europa League trophy and finish in a very respectable fifth place in La Liga, but that has prompted speculation the 28-year-old could be on the move when the transfer window reopens this summer.
However, in a recent interview published on Sevilla's official website, Monchi revealed that the club is yet to receive any formal offer for a player that is currently taking part in this summer's Copa America tournament in Chile, and that he would strive to keep all of the team's top talent next season.
"We have not received an official offer for Bacca," read the statement. "We are not in negotiations for any important player.
"I'm no fortune-teller but top strikers in the market there aren't that many. Bacca has averaged 24.5 goals, 21 goals in his first season at the club and 28 in his second."
Sevillistas will welcome Monchi's comments, but at the same time will be well aware of the fact that enquiries from a top European suitor could turn Bacca's head, resulting in him and his representative pushing for a big-money transfer before the start of 2015/16.
When questioned about the possibility of the South American marksman departing, the club chief added: "I hope no one pays his buy-out clause. It's a risk we take but we can't do anything about that.
"We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future."
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is thought to be in the market for a new striker following the unsuccessful season-long loan spell of Bacca's international team-mate Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford.
And, with question marks surrounding the long-term future of veteran Dutchman Robin van Persie, there could well be an opening for the former Club Brugge man at the Theatre of Dreams.
Likewise, Brendan Rodgers is still searching for a suitable replacement for Luis Suarez at Anfield after failing to replace the Uruguayan hit-man after he joined Barcelona last summer.
Daniel Sturridge endured an injury-ravaged 2014/15 campaign, and so recruiting a new goal-getter is high on Liverpool's list of priorities.
The Bosman free transfer acquisition of England U21 international Danny Ings from Burnley has gone some way to addressing that, as has the recent capture of Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.
But, there's still room for Bacca to join the Reds ranks in time for the new campaign, so a move to Merseyside should not be entirely ruled out either.
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