The agent of Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca has opened the door to a move to Anfield, but the Reds are still hoping to lure number one target Christian Benteke away from Aston Villa according to reports.
Liverpool’s interest in Benteke had appeared to have cooled as Villa insisted the only way they would part with their prized asset is if someone triggers his buy out clause by offering £32.5m, and Colombian Bacca was one of the leading alternatives along with Zenit St Petersburg frontman Saloman Rondon.
Backer’s agent, Sergio Barila, is quoted in the Guardian today saying that a move to Liverpool would certainly be of interest to the 28 year old who is currently playing for Colombia in the Copa America.
"“We have had lots of interest but so far there has been no official approach,” Barila told the Guardian. “I spoke with Carlos on Wednesday night and we agreed we need a real solution. Clubs are telling him not to sign anything until they have made an offer but we are still waiting.
“Liverpool and another English club are among those that have shown an interest but there are also clubs in Italy. What is clear is that they must meet the release clause but at this stage nobody has.
"We are really looking at three things - number one is to have a happy family situation for his wife and son because he had a bad experience in Belgium. The second is to find a good team with a good project. Before he went to Chile, we wrote down a list of clubs that fit that description and Liverpool was on that list.
“The third question is the contract. He has a good salary in Sevilla but we know how much clubs in England can pay.”
However, several Merseyside based journalists reported last night that Benteke remains Brendan Rodgers’ first choice and with the player refusing to sign a new deal at Villa Park the club hope to be able to do a deal for around £25-26m, which is not much more than the buy out clause Bacca has in his Sevilla contract.