Napoli have accelerated plans for life post-Higuain by targeting AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca to replace the outgoing Argentine.
Higuain’s departure from Napoli seems imminent, with the player reportedly undergoing a medical ahead of a move to Juventus. With that in mind, the Partenopei have undergone the search for a replacement and Bacca is high on their list of targets.
According to La Repubblica, Napoli are poised to tempt Bacca away with an offer of around £17m. That is significantly lower than Milan’s valuation of the Colombian international, but Milan believe they can sweeten the deal by offering Omar El Kaddouri.
Bacca signed for Milan last summer and completed a stellar debut campaign in Serie A, scoring 20 goals in all competitions. However, the 29-year-old has made his desire to play in the Champions League clear and that is something Napoli can offer the former Sevilla frontman.
West Ham have made their interest in Bacca clear, with the Hammers activating the Colombian’s release clause of £26m. Although the Premier League side have offered more money, they can not offer Bacca Champions League football and, with that in mind, he may prefer a move to the Stadio San Paolo.
Football Italia reports that Bacca has already turned down West Ham and the only element holding up the deal with Milan is agreeing a fee. It seems increasingly likely that Bacca will stay in Serie A however, and West Ham will miss out on a key transfer target.