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Carlos Bacca wanted to join Arsenal - Slaven Bilic

Carlos Bacca wanted to join Arsenal - Slaven Bilic

Bacca wanted to join a Champions League club - Bilic

AC Milan star Carlos Bacca had snubbed West Ham United in the hope of earning a move to one of Arsenal or Atletico Madrid, manager Slaven Bilic has claimed.

The Colombian international was tipped to join the Hammers over the summer after they agreed on a £26m sum with the Rossoneri for the signature.

However, the player snubbed negotiations with the East London side as his focus was on joining either Arsenal or Atletico Madrid, both of whom never made an approach for his services.

While speaking to Milan TV, Bilic confirmed that the club had to shift their attention to Simone Zaza after it became evident that their previous targets in Carlos Bacca and Alexandre Lacazette were not interested in linking up with the club.

Zaza was signed from Juventus on an initial loan with a view to a permanent £24m deal, should he make the required amount of appearances to trigger a clause in his contract.