AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is set to hold talks with the agent of Carlos Bacca over the striker’s recent rejection of West Ham United, according to reports from Italian publication Qazzetta World.
The 29-year-old striker reportedly turned down the Hammers earlier this week, in pursuit of Champions League football.
West Ham offered the Colombian international €4m-a-year, but it wasn’t enough as the Hammers’ Europa League qualification status ultimately proved to be too little of a lure.
The likes of Atletico Madrid and Arsenal have also emerged as potential suitors for Bacca, with the striker hoping either side comes in to trump West Ham’s offer.
The Rossoneri are financially dependant on selling Bacca, and are unable to push ahead for other targets until the Colombian is sold.
This means that Milan can’t press ahead with deals for Udinese’s Piotr Zielinski and Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio, which is why Galliani wants to meet with Bacca’s agent to finalise a sale.
Galliani is hopeful a compromise could be made, with either Bacca staying in Milan or finding a swift move away from Serie A.
If Bacca and his agent stand firm and wait for a Champions League outfit, Milan may be forced to sell other players, including Mattia de Sciglio in order to raise funds for potential signings.
It has been a frustrating summer for West Ham so far, with high-profile players such as Alexandre Lacazette, Michy Batshuayi and most recently Carlos Bacca all turning down the Hammers, despite big-money offers being on the table.
Reports have suggested that West Ham may now turn to Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder, but they will face competition from Premier League champions Leicester City.