Liverpool's hopes of securing the services of Carlo Bacca are all over after AC Milan announced an agreement with Sevilla to secure the services of the Colombia international.
Sergio Barila, Bacca's agent, confirmed last month that the Merseysiders were interested in getting the player's signature, while The Telegraph added Manchester United were also closely monitoring a potential move.
It soon emerged, however, that Serie A giants AC Milan and Roma were also ready to battle for Bacca's services, after he attracted their attentions during his impressive La Liga campaign, scoring 20 goals in 37 appearances.
Milan's interest in the player was stepped up after their first choice for a signing, Jackson Martinez, signed with Atletico Madrid instead.
On 28 June Bacca's agent revealed the Colombian had agreed personal terms to join Milan – with the clubs yet to reach an agreement.
"I can confirm that Milan and the player reached an agreement." He remained coy over the length of the contract, adding: "Carlos chose what is best for his future, so it's only natural he is happy. How long is the deal for? You'd best ask the Rossoneri that," Barila told MilanNews.it, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Sevilla subsequently gave some hopes to other suitors by insisting the only way Bacca would join Milan was for them to pay his full €30m (£21.3m) release clause.
But Sinisa Mihajlovic's side have now put an end to the saga after meeting Sevilla's demands and announcing the deal.
Brendan Rodgers has already bolstered his squad with six summer signings: James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne.
However, after Mario Balotelli, Ricky Lambert and Fabio Borini all failed to fill in for the departed Luis Suarez, and with the injuries to Daniel Sturridge during the 2014-2015 seasons, Rodgers has been urged to add a proven goal scorer to his attacking ranks.
"They haven't replaced Suarez and that's what they had to do. You need someone who will score 20-plus goals season in, season out and they still haven't got that player. And without that striker they will not break into the top 4 – where the fans expect them to be," former Liverpool hero John Aldridge recently said.