When Emery was hired, I wondered whether his history coaching Carlos Bacca would impact the Colombian’s standing in the club. Apparently not, as Marca reports the striker is surplus to requirements and the club are looking to sell him.
The same report says that Andres Fernandez is in Huesca looking to seal a move away, but with Bacca’s high wages it would be of much greater benefit to get him a move. There are two years left on his contract but there are Turkish clubs interested if there isn’t much of a fee.
Frankly, I don’t care if we get a 500 euro transfer fee if it means his wages are off the books.
Bacca struggled to get playing time under Javier Calleja last season, and at 33, his best days are clearly behind him. His positioning and his ability to read the game, however, are still excellent, and I think at a lower level he could still be very effective.
Bacca would be the second striker sold by the club this window, as Enes Unal has already moved to Getafe. I don’t see any replacements coming in for them, as Emery tends to favor single striker formations (though he did start in what appeared to be a 442 in the first preseason friendly). If Bacca departs, you can expect Fer Nino to be the third option for the first team this season, possibly playing the majority of his matches with Villarreal B in the process.
If this does mark the end of Bacca’s time in Villarreal, we wish him only the best.