Manchester United have apparently joined Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Swansea in showing an interest in Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca.
Bacca is 14/1 to be at Old Trafford when the transfer window closes, while it’s just 3/1 that he’s stabled at Anfield, 9/4 he joins Roma and 2/1 he stays put.
Los Palanganas reportedly insist the Colombian international will not be allowed to leave Andalucia for less than the £21m required to trigger his release clause.
According to the Telegraph it is unclear whether or not the Red Devils are willing to meet their demands, but they have ‘taken soundings on what it would take to bring the 28-year-old to England.’
Bacca has the kind of uniformly-prolific back catalogue that few strikers can parallel, having never scored less than 12 in a season and at least 18 in each of his last six campaigns.
A late bloomer in the big leagues, he only joined Sevilla from Club Brugge in 2013/14, but has already passed the 50-goal mark for them.
However, the numbers alone seldom tell all when it comes to goalscorers, as once-Roberto-Soldado-ed-twice-shy Tottenham will know only too well.
So what type of striker is Bacca? Does he have the tools to succeed in the Premier League?
The most striking aspect of the Colombian’s game is just how much annoying he must be to defend against.
His immense appetite for centre-half harassment combines with an uncanny ability to get to, or come away with, the ball in situations he has absolutely no right to.
Not generally a scorer of spectacular, out-of-the-blue goals, the vast majority of his strikes will come from inside the penalty area, where he is an adept first-time, on the run and with his head finisher – all the tools of the poacher’s trade.
As such he is reliant on service to an extent, for all his determination occasionally sees him drive to the net from deep.
His default hardworking style has already been mentioned, but a less widely-trumpeted facet of this is how often it creates goals for teammates.
Bacca has 22 all competition assists to his name over the past two campaigns, providing them through astute lay-offs and crosses as often as pure graft.