Atletico are not pursuing Bacca
Carlos Bacca's hopes of a move to Spain look to be in tatters after the Atletico Madrid's President Enrique Cerezo ruled out a move for the Colombian in an interview with Gazzamercato.
Bacca has been hotly pursued by Slaven Bilic's West Ham United, however, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Hammers received a huge set-back when Bacca rejected a contract offer - despite agreeing terms with his club AC Milan.
La Gazzetta claimed that Bacca rejected the chance to move to East London purely because of his desire to play in the Champions League - the crucial sticking point in any decision on his future.
Bacca netted 18 times in 38 games last term
West Ham currently cannot offer Bacca elite European football, whereas Atletico Madrid could, and the Colombian turned the Hammers down with their interest in mind.
But now, he may face a rethink following Cerezo's comments.
"Bacca is a very good striker, but we won’t buy him,” Cerezo said.
“We know him, but he doesn’t fit into our plans. Carlos Bacca won’t come to Atletico Madrid. I’ll go further, we won’t take strikers from the Italian League, that goes for Bacca and also [Gonzalo] Higuain and all the names in circulation."
Bacca is a Colombian international
This set-back could give West Ham a reprieve in their hopes to land a marquee centre forward, as Bacca may now find the chance to play in the Premier League and some kind of European football more appealing than staying with Milan.
Milan were disappointing last season, finishing outside of the European places with a 7th place finish, however Bacca was still able to net 18 goals.
He told Sky Sports earlier today that Milan were his first option with regards to his future, considering his current contract, but that all options remain open.
"I know there is interest from several clubs. But I have a contract with Milan and so I’m talking to them to get a positive solution for me and my family as soon as possible.
“All options are still open. My first choice is Milan and then we’ll see what happens.”
Could West Ham still land Bacca?
West Ham will hope that a deal perhaps thought to be dead and buried, could well be resurrected.