Reports in Italy suggest that the Blues could swoop for yet another Colombian striker in Carlos Bacca, with the AC Milan striker said to be valued at around £30m
Chelsea FC have struggled to score goals this season, with Diego Costa’s tally of 8 matched by winger Willian, while last season’s PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard has incredibly yet to score a goal in any competition for the Blues this season.
The Stamford Bridge outfit have been linked with several attacking options this January window, and the latest to join the list is AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, who has 9 goals for the Rossoneri thus far this season.
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport (via Daily Express), Milan have set an asking price of around £30m for the 29-year-old, which Chelsea FC are said to be willing to match given he is not cup-tied for European competitions this season.
Bacca played a crucial role in La Liga side Sevilla’s Europa League win in 2014-2015, scoring 7 goals throughout the competition, including a brace in the final. His potential arrival in London could provide a boost for Guus Hiddink ahead of a daunting Round of 16 clash against Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, who have been in excellent form this season.
Bacca signing makes little sense from Chelsea FC’s point of view
Leaving aside the fact the AC Milan will be extremely reluctant to let go of the Colombian, a move for Bacca also makes very little sense from Chelsea FC’s point of view. Shelling out that amount of money for a 29-year-old could backfire big time and, with the likes of Loïc Rémy still at the club, it would make little sense to commit funds for a big-money move for a striker at this stage.
At the same time, there is no doubt that the Blues need another striker as competition for Diego Costa, who is himself susceptible to both injuries and suspension. However, if Roman Abramovich and the board are willing to spend serious money, it should be on a player who still has his best years ahead of him, and who could realistically offer more than 2 or 3 years of service to the club.