Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are taking their search for a striker into the transfer deadline day, as the Gunners line up a £12.5 million bid for Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca, reports Metro. The North London club are looking for more attacking talent following an injury blow suffered by Olivier Giroud last weekend.
Giroud fractured his ankle playing for Arsenal against Everton on the second weekend of the current Premier League season. The Frenchman is Arsenal’s predominant striker, with much of the rest of Wenger’s squad being more attacking-midfielder than all-out attacker.
Bacca has been identified as a potential candidate to fill the void left by Giroud, although he could prove difficult to prise away from Sevilla. The Europa League champions have already sold Ivan Rakitic and Alberto Moreno this summer, meaning that they are under no financial pressure to sell.
Bacca scored 21 goals in 52 matches last season, proving to be one of La Liga’s most impressive strikers. The player has a reported release clause of £27.6 million, although it is also believed that Sevilla will listen to offers below that asking price. Arsenal are set to pitch their bid at less than half of the original fee though, which could prove too dramatic a reduction to realistically buy the 27 year old.