Liverpool have ended their interest in Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca and instead will continue to pursue No. 1 target Christian Benteke.
The news is reported by the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce on Sunday, who writes that Liverpool had concerns over the £21 million fee for the soon-to-be 29-year-old.
Instead, Bacca is expected to sign for AC Milan, with his agent confirming the move.
Pearce explains that Aston Villa forward Benteke “remains their No 1 target but Liverpool aren’t willing to pay the £32.5million asking price.”
Reports earlier this week suggested Liverpool were willing to pay around £25 million for the Belgian international, who scored 13 times in 29 Premier League appearances last season.
It seems Liverpool aren’t in a rush to add the striker now that they have signed Roberto Firmino, instead it appears likely they will look to offload unwanted trio Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli as a priority.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel Clyne is expected on Merseyside on Monday to complete his move and undergo a medical, becoming the sixth confirmed signing of the summer. He will sign a five-year deal.