Carlos Bacca to Liverpool: Seville deny bid has been made as Liverpool weigh up £21m move

Liverpool may trigger the striker's release clause

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Liverpool are yet to make a bid for Carlos Bacca, Seville have confirmed.

The Independent understands that the striker, who has a release clause of £21m, is under consideration at Anfield if – as seems highly likely – the pursuit of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke falls through.

The Colombia international, who has scored 34 goals in 71 appearances since joining two years ago from Club Brugge, is also a reported target of Manchester United, Roma and AC Milan. However, no bid has been made by those clubs, or Liverpool.

"We have not received an official offer for Bacca," Sevilla sporting director Monchi said on his club's official website. "We are not in negotiations for any important player.

"I'm no fortune-teller but top strikers in the market there aren't that many.

"Bacca has averaged 24.5 goals, 21 goals in his first season at the club and 28 in his second.

"I hope no one pays his buy-out clause.

"It's a risk we take but we can't do anything about that.

"We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future."

It was thought that he would swiftly leave the club this summer but the club qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League last month, complicating any departure. A move to Liverpool would mean the 28-year-old forgoing top-tier European football next season.

Bacca is currently on international duty at the Copa America in Chile where Liverpool's chief executive officer Ian Ayre is.