Reports in Italy earlier claimed that AC Milan were “hopeful” that Arsenal would outbid West Ham and move for Carlos Bacca.
Now, Spanish paper AS report that Arsene Wenger has finally decided to enter the race to sign Bacca by placing an official bid on the table.
Slaven Bilic has been struggling in his attempt to sign the Colombian striker, who is set to leave Milan.
The 29-year-old is believed to be holding out for a Champions League club to swoop in, with Atletico Madrid and Arsenal interested.
Milan have already accepted their £25.6 million offer, and the player’s agent is supposedly in London for talks, which would be convenient for the Gunners should they choose to snatch Bacca from under the Hammers’ noses.
Another plus point for Arsenal is that West Ham are willing to wait for Bacca’s decision, which means that he is in no rush and will give Arsenal time to negotiate a deal.
Milan manager Vincenzo Montella said:
“Bacca is a player of an international standard. It’s hard to give up a player who guarantees goals. The club will evaluate things with the boy, because he aspires to play in the Champions League.”
Arsenal’s reported offer, in the region of €30 million, would match West Ham’s, so it is highly improbable that AC Milan will object.
If the rumours are true, Arsenal are in pole position to land Bacca given the player’s aspirations. However, it’s still vital that they move quickly as clubs like Atletico Madrid could still have something to say about the situation.