clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The Hunt For Carlos Bacca Intensifies, With Manchester United Now In The Mix

New, comments

Reports claim that Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Milan's striker.

Claudio Villa/Getty Images

This week brought countless reports claiming that Chelsea are interested in signing Milan striker Carlos Bacca. The beleaguered Blues are willing to offer the Rossoneri a whopping 40 million euros for Bacca's services, a price tag that could prove to be tempting for the Rossoneri. Bacca's number may climb even higher, however, since Manchester United have recently joined the hunt, and appear to be closing in.

The Red Devils were given a crucial boost when another of Bacca's primary suitors, Atletico Madrid, were forced to drop their pursuit due to a recent transfer ban prompted by the signing of underage players. These offers might not be accepted, though, since Milan have decided to ship Luiz Adriano off to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning. Bacca is a diehard Milan fan who has, he claims, always dreamed of playing for Milan. Moreover, if both Bacca and Adriano are sold, Milan would be unable to sign any non-European players as Bacca and Adriano have filled those slots for the season. This rather pressing detail would severely limit Milan's options in their prospective replacements.

Bacca's dazzling start has been one of the few positives in another mediocre season for Milan. He's notched ten goals and three assists in all competitions this season. According to whoscored.com, only Gonzalo Higuaín and Nicola Kalinic have scored in more clear-cut chances than the Colombian. One of his more memorable goals - and there have been many - was this stunning rabona in Milan's clash against Carpi in the Coppa Italia quarterfinal:

Given Bacca's current form and the fact that he is a constant goalscoring threat, it would be a pity to see Bacca go.