English Premier League side Arsenal FC are in serious search for substitutes to replace its strikers ahead of the forthcoming season, reports say.

They are interested in AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, willing to snatch the player ahead of West Ham.

The Hammers have been seriously linked with the Colombia international as they plan on making him their marquee signing as they resume at the newly completed Olympic stadium. The club wanted former striker Carlos Tevez to make a return but both parties couldn’t agree personal terms. Manager Slaven Bilic has now made the Milan forward his primary target as they hope to build on their last season success. The 29-year old scored 18 goals in 38 games despite Milan finishing in the seventh place.

The player has always mentioned his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League, encouraging speculation that he was open to leaving the Italian side. Bacca told popular Spanish new outlet, AS: “It is my dream to play in Champions League and work toward winning it. Unfortunately, the failure for Milan to reach the tournament is one of the themes of our discussions with the club.”

This made Arsene Wenger consider the striker has plans to land others have all failed or failing. Wenger planned on bringing in Jamie Vardy from Leicester City but it didn’t work out. With English player Danny Welbeck facing serious injury that will likely keep him out till February, Olivier Giroud enjoying an extended holiday following his participation at the Euro 2016 and Alexis Sanchez having fitness concerns following his Copa America efforts, Wenger is left with no choice than to quickly get a suitable replacement. Gazzetta dello Sport say Arsenal are ready to offer the player Champions League football and are set to lure the player to solve the club’s striking challenges.

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