Columbian striker Carlos Bacca has welcomed transfer interest from both Newcastle and Liverpool as he continues his impressive form in La Liga.
Both United and Liverpool have been credited with interest in Bacca by the Spanish media in recent days and when asked about the speculation, the striker took it all in his stride:
“I am happy to wear this shirt and I have improved a lot in recent months, but I know I must still improve a lot because I want to give more.
“My name linked with clubs? It represents the hard work of these years.
“If I am linked with teams it is because I did well in Belgium with Bruges and now with Sevilla.”
Carlos Bacca made the move from his native Columbia at the relatively older age of 25 and was an instant hit at Belgian side Brugge, scoring 28 goals in only 37 league starts.
After only a year and a half, Sevilla laid out £6m in summer 2013 to see if he could make the step up to the Spanish league and in 69 starts, the 28 year old striker has managed 40 goals.
Newcastle have also been linked with Bacca’s teammate Kevin Gameiro in the past week, with Graham Carr reported to have watched Sevilla take on Villareal last Thursday in the first leg of their last 16 Europa League tie.
Gameiro scored in that 3-1 win and Carlos Bacca actually replaced him for the last half hour from the bench.
Sevilla are having a decent season and as well as looking certainties for the last 8 of the Europa League, they are also fifth in La Liga.
However, unless Sevilla creep into an unlikely looking Champions League spot, any Spanish club not involved in the premier European competition will always find it hard to fight off genuine interest from Premier League clubs.
With massive inequality in the TV deals for Barca and Real Madrid compared to the rest of the Spanish clubs, without CL money the La Liga outfits can’t offer anything like what Premier League clubs can afford.
In recent seasons Mike Ashley has refused to pay the going rate for goalscorers with proven records in other countries, such as Bony and Lacazette, both going on to show they are real talents.
Newcastle yet again went for a budget option with £5m journeyman Emmanuel Riviere who has been a total disaster with not a single Premier League goal.
A striker such as Carlos Bacca is one that is desperately needed but will Mike Ashley see that he has to release some of the TV riches or else disaster beckons?