Liverpool are in talks to sign Carlos Bacca, however, must meet the striker's release clause, confirms the players agent Sergio Barila.
Bacca netted 28 goals for Sevilla last season and aided the Spanish club to clinch the Europa League for a second successive year, with the 28-year-old netting two goals during the 3-2 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the final.
The Colombian has been impressive during his two campaign's at the Andalusia outfit since moving from Club Brugge in 2013 for €7 million and has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Bookmakers currently have Liverpool as the shortest price for where Bacca will play his football next season as Brendan Rodgers looks to sign a prolific goalscorer to replace Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona for £75 million last summer.
Sevilla are currently holding out for the £21.5 million release clause in Bacca's contract, however, Barila admits his client will likely leave Ramon Sanchez Pitjuan this summer if that fee is met, with England his likely destination.
“We have had lots of interest but so far there has been no official approach,” Barila said, per the Liverpool Echo.
“I spoke with Carlos on Wednesday night and we agreed we need a real solution.
“Clubs are telling him not to sign anything until they have made an offer but we are still waiting.
“Liverpool and another English club are among those that have shown an interest but there are also clubs in Italy. What is clear is that they must meet the release clause but at this stage nobody has.
“Sevilla are a good team who will play in the Champions League next season so it wouldn’t be a disaster to stay. Carlos has other options to earn a lot of money in places like China or the United Arab Emirates but that would not fit in with what he is looking for.
“We are really looking at three things – number one is to have a happy family situation for his wife and son because he had a bad experience in Belgium. The second is to find a good team with a good project. Before he went to Chile, we wrote down a list of clubs that fit that description and Liverpool was on that list.
“The third question is the contract. He has a good salary in Sevilla but we know how much clubs in England can pay.”
A centre-forward has likely been Rodgers' priority of the summer transfer window for the best half of half a year as he seen his side distinctly toothless in front of goal during the 2014/15 season.
Daniel Sturridge, the man who was to become Rodgers' main striker following the departure of Suarez, spend most of the campaign injured with a series of thigh and hip injuries and will not be fit until at least October as he undergo's rehabilitation. The Northern Irishman will not want to make the misatke once again by throwing all of his eggs in one basket considering Sturridge's injury record during his career.
Mario Balotelli was signed for £16 million last summer from AC Milan and he was a significant risk when signed given the amount of controversy and baggage he's picked up during his career, despite being just 24. With risk came not reward, but disaster as he was motionless leading the Liverpool front-line before Christmas and managed just four goals in all competitions.
Rickie Lambert, too, joined from Southampton for £4 million, but, at 32 he proved that he may be too old to play Rodgers' fast counter-attacking style and Fabio Borini was left in the dark for most of the season.
The Reds relied on Raheem Sterling to play as a striker for the majority last term and although his pace caused problems for the opposition, his finishing ultimately left him down.
If Liverpool are to push for a Champions League spot next season, a natural goalscorer who will guarantee 20 goals plus each season is a must.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://gms.to/writeforgms