SPAIN: Sevilla signs Colombian hitman

Spain

This article is courtesy of COLO FUTBOL

Colombian international striker Carlos Bacca has agreed a five-year contract with Sevilla and has a €30 million release clause in his contract, the club have announced on their official website.

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Yesterday, Sevilla’s sporting director Ramon Rodriguez travelled to Manchester, England to agree personal terms with the striker, who is on a pre-season tour with Club Brugge, where last season he was top scorer in the Belgian Pro League with 25 goals.

Neither the Belgian side or Sevilla have confirmed the fee, which is reported to be around €7 million but Bacca confirmed the deal on Tuesday night via Twitter stating: “Thanks to God, my next destination is Sevilla.”

He also told Club Brugge’s website: “This is truly a dream come true for me. When I came to Europe, it has always been my dream to play in the Primera División. It would have been a huge disappointment to me, if Club Brugge and Sevilla had failed to reach an agreement.

“I am already 26 years old so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I have had an amazing time at Club Brugge. The fans are brilliant and I will remember them for the rest of my life and I’m happy to say that this transfer has not only gone well for me, but it’s also the biggest transfer in the club’s history. I can honestly say I’m quite proud of that.”

The transfer will put English pair Manchester City and Tottenham, on the alert as the Colombia appears to have been brought in as a replacement for Alvaro Negredo. Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City have emerged as the favourites to sign the striker.

The move for Bacca bodes well for his future in the Colombian national side for the upcoming World Cup. Coach Jose Pekerman will be watching La Liga closely at Bacca as the stern test of playing in Spain will show the striker’s class next season.

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