Liverpool’s new attacking target will cost £21.5m

Liverpool have been told to trigger Carlos Bacca’s £21.5m release clause if they’re serious about signing him this summer, according to reports from Metro.

The Reds are understood to have switched their attention to Sevilla’s Colombian hit-man, alongside Venezuela star Salomon Rondon, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke’s price-tag viewed as too large at Anfield as the club search for new attackers.

The 28-year-old has been thought to as one of Spanish football’s most dangerous forwards for quite some time, with his 28 goals last term, including a Europa League Final-winning double against Dnipro, somewhat justifying the hype.

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But if Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool are to lure him to Merseyside, they will have to activate the release clause in his contract, believed to be £21.5m, according to Sevilla’s sporting director, Monchi:

“If someone wants Bacca, they have to pay his clause. He’s told us that it’s his desire to stay with the club and I don’t see any other possibility,” he said.

“Bacca’s contract includes obligations for the club and the player, but if a club wants to pay his clause, there’s nothing we can do about that.”

Any deal is likely to have to wait until the end of the Copa America, with Bacca away representing his home nation in Chile.