AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca is a player that Arsenal have been heavily linked with in the past however, it seems as though their interest in the 30-year-old forward has intensified in recent weeks, if reports are to be believed.
Arsenal reportedly could be preparing an approach for Bacca, a player who netted 13 goals in the Serie A this term and finished the campaign as Milan’s most prolific goalscorer despite questions over his inconsistency.
An exclusive in Tutto Mercato Web has said that Arsenal scouts have been spotted watching his performances recently.
With Alexis Sánchez’s future still up in the air, it’s likely that attacking reinforcements could be bought this summer as a possible replacement for the Chilean should it become clear that he will not sign a new contract.
Alexis’s compatriot, Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal, has reportedly urged the 28-year-old to make the move to Germany. This, coupled with the fact that Arsenal will not be among Europe’s elite in the Champions League next term are viable reasons why Arsenal’s talisman could have his head turned this summer.
It’ll be the first season for Arsenal in the Europa League for two decades and Bacca has impressive goal contribution statistics in the competition. Having played 37 matches across three different seasons with Club Brugge and Sevilla, the Colombian netted 16 and created a further seven assists.
The fact that Slaven Bilić confirmed last September that Bacca rejected a move to West Ham as he was waiting for a possible Arsenal switch suggests he’d be open to the possibility of joining the Gunners this summer if an offer is made.
Olivier Giroud is reportedly set to consider leaving if reinforcements are bought this season as he seeks regular minutes to maintain his place in France’s World Cup plans for next year.
Bacca could potentially fill his void whilst a possible marquee acquisition, as unlikely as it may seem, could convince both Alexis and Özil that their long-term future is beneficial in north London.