Manchester United are considering a move in signing Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca in the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror.
The Colombian international scored 28 goals in all competitions during the 2014/15 season. He also played a key role in helping his side retain the Europa League as he scored twice during the La Liga outfit's 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the final.
Bacca's form has attracted interest from the Premier League clubs as United and their arch-rivals Liverpool are also in the race to land the Colombian international.
The Merseyside club already signed Brazilian international Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim. He is currently with the national squad for the ongoing Copa America in Chile. Liverpool's chief executive flew to South America to complete the deal for Firmino.
Ayre is still in Chile as he looks to convince Bacca to follow the Brazilian to Anfield. The Sevilla star has a £21.5m ($33.3m) release clause in his contract and Brendan Rodgers' side are ready to meet the frontman's buyout clause.
The La Liga player is Liverpool's priority striker signing of this summer and are hoping to seal the deal quickly. However, they are facing competition from Louis van Gaal's side as United are interested in securing his services.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager allowed Radamel Falcao to leave Old Trafford after his season-long loan deal. They need a replacement for the former Atletico Madrid star and are in search for a striker in the transfer market.
The Telegraph claims Bacca is not a top target for Van Gaal as he is still hoping to sign either Real Madrid star Karim Benzema or Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane. However, the 20-time English champions are not confident of signing either Benzema or Kane due to the reluctance of their respective clubs in sanctioning their sale.
Should United fail to land either Benzema or Kane, they could turn their attention to Bacca. However, a move for the Colombian striker will also be a difficult task for both the Red Devils and Liverpool as Sevilla sporting director Monchi suggested the attacker is happy with his current employers.