Arsenal are set to miss out on the chance to sign Sevilla forward, Carlos Bacca, as the club prepare a new deal for him.
The Colombian striker, who also has Everton on the list of intending suitors, has been keenly followed by clubs in the Premier League after eye-catching performances last season for the Europa League Champions. There were rumours of a bid for him by Arsenal on transfer deadline day as Arsene Wenger sought options to the injured Olivier Giroud. Danny Welbeck was subsequently signed after unsuccessful attempts to price Bacca out of Sevilla.
Any hopes of a January move are as good as extinguished as the 28-year-old striker will now receive a huge increase in his wages, by which act Sevilla intend to keep him for the nearest future. It is believed that the release clause in his deal which is currently set at £23.5 million will remain unaltered, which gives the suggestion that while they are securing his goodwill for the next season, they are not entirely shutting the door, leaving it a little open for any substantial bidders.
It does not come as a surprise that Arsenal had been linked with such a player whose goals ratio is as impressive as they come. Already this season, he has netted 4 League goals for Sevilla in the League, only Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi have managed more. This is not a one off either as right from his early days with Athletico Junior till he made his mark in Europe in 2013 with Club Brugge, he had always averaged around a goal in every two games. A full Colombian International, Bacca was amongst the key men of Jose Pekerman’s World Cup squad who entertained the world and won the admiration of neutrals, a team who had current Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.
With Danny Welbeck now firing for the Gunners, Wenger may be reluctant to make a move for the striker in January, as there is the expectation of the return of Olivier Giroud, plus the pressure to give playing time to the likes of Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski.
Bacca, if he becomes still open to a move to Arsenal, will join the likes of Jose Antonio Reyes and Julio Baptista as players who have moved to the red side of North London from the Andalucian club.
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