AC Milan's Carlos Bacca celebrates after scoring
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Everton held talks with AC Milan over a possible deal to sign striker Carlos Bacca this summer.
The Toffees splashed the cash twice this week in order to snap up goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, but they are expected to continue spending.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman
Star striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to leave the club this summer, and with Oumar Niasse an outcast under Ronald Koeman and Enner Valencia sent back to West Ham, another striker has to be a priority – even with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman showing promise for England Under-20's this summer.
Now, Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Everton held talks with AC Milan earlier this week, and a deal for Colombian striker Carlos Bacca was mentioned.
AC Milan's Carlos Bacca
Bacca has been a goalscoring sensation in recent years, smashing 49 goals in 108 games for Sevilla, before notching 34 goals in 76 appearances for AC Milan following a big-money move in 2015.
Everton could now succeed where West Ham failed in signing Bacca, given that The Mirror quoted Bacca in September 2016 as saying that he rejected a move to the Hammers last summer – but they should proceed with some caution.
Bacca turns 31 in September, and Everton should be wary of spending a considerable sum of money on a player with limited time at the peak of his powers, especially considering that he would be the replacement for Lukaku, who is just 24 and has been thought of as one of the top young strikers in the world.
Carlos Bacca in action for Colombia
Milan have just spent heavily on a young striker of their own in Andre Silva, who figures to be Bacca's replacement at the San Siro – and rather than gamble on Bacca continuing his goalscoring form into his 30's, Everton should be looking to bring in another young, hungry and powerful striker to replace Lukaku.
Celtic's Moussa Dembele fits the bill better than Bacca, who is a totally different striker to Lukaku, playing as more of a poacher, and that may force a change of style under Koeman; something for Everton to strongly consider as they line up a new striker.
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