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Arsenal open talks with Milan for £20m striker

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Arsenal have opened talks with AC Milan over the signing of Carlos Bacca.

According to The Sun, The Gunners are looking to bolster their attacking options and have targeted a £20 million move for the Colombia international in January.

Although Arsene Wenger does have Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez as back-up options to Alexis Sanchez in the centre-forward position, it’s believed the Frenchman wants to add another striker to the squad ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule in a bid to keep on track for the Premier League title and has set his sights on Bacca.

The 30-year-old striker averaged a goal every two games in Serie A but has reportedly fallen out with coach Vincenzo Montella over a recent trip to former club Sevilla. Apparently, Bacca, who was injured at the time, decided not to attend Milan’s match at Empoli and instead travelled to Sevilla and trained with his former team-mates, which didn’t go down well with Montella.

Milan are currently in the middle of takeover talks, but any moves that the club may want to undertake this January must be financed by selling players first.

Wenger reportedly tried to acquire Bacca in 2015 before the Colombian joined AC Milan, and with injuries to current strikers such as Danny Welbeck and a lack of faith in others – notably Giroud and Perez – the Frenchman cannot solely rely on Sanchez to deliver week in, week out.

Bacca is a clinical finisher and would certainly flourish playing alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal.

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