With it looking likely that Arsenal are now in the market for a top striker that could score the mythical 25 goals a season for the Gunners, we are being linked with many outlandish names in the transfer market. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one for example, but it appears that Borussia Dortmund are not going to see a mass exodus from the club following the departure of Jurgen Klopp.
In fact their sporting director, Michael Zorc, said today in the Star: “[We are] not interested in selling Aubameyang.” I can’t say I’m too bothered about that especially as the price is purported to be £40m, which is too much of a gamble as far as I’m concerned…..
Of MUCH more interest is Carlos Bacca, who has got a buy-out clause of half that amount, and has had two brilliant seasons at Sevilla, scoring 49 goals (not to mention the 28 for Club Bruge the season before that!). The Colombian international has been linked with a move to Liverpool, but the Sevilla sporting director Monchi (real name Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo) has not yet been contacted. “We have not received an official offer for Bacca,” he said. “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.
“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.”
Although he says that he hopes no-one pays the buy out clause, the fact is that they bought him for €7 million according to Wiki, so that would amount to a nice little €23 million profit for Sevilla which is certainly not to be sniffed at, and I am sure they are looking to sell. Bacca’s agent Sergio Barila has also made it clear his client is for sale with the Scousers not being the only interested party. “We have had lots of interest but so far there has been no official approach,” he told the Guardian.
“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.”
I like it when they just say “another English club” as we all know that Wenger hates being mentioned in despatches. Perhaps we are already going for him. I certainly hope so!