By Oliver Pickup
Arsene Wenger is poised to make a bid for Sevilla star Carlos Bacca in an attempt to ease Arsenal’s striker problems before the transfer window closes.
Goal understands the Gunners have turned their attention to the Colombia international after Loic Remy joined Chelsea.
The Sevilla striker has a €35 million release clause in his contract but the Spanish club, who bought Bacca for €7m last summer, would be willing to allow him to leave for around €16m.
The 27-year-old is a proven goalscorer and, with Olivier Giroud sidelined for three months with an ankle injury, Bacca would provide a superb option for Wenger.
The South American netted 21 times for Sevilla last season, having moved to the La Liga club 12 months ago from Club Brugge, where he scored an impressive 28 goals in 45 appearances.
Bacca, who came on as a substitute against Brazil in Colombia's World Cup quarter-final elimination, is now thought to be Wenger’s primary target after a deal for Remy collapsed over the weekend.
Sevilla are understood to have turned down a bid of €8m for Bacca from Everton earlier in the summer.
Bacca was on target for Sevilla in a 2-1 win over Espanyol on Saturday.