Chelsea are preparing a huge £30 million bid for A.C. Milan’s Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, claims Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport, cited by the Daily Express.

The Blues will reportedly try and sign the 29-year-old this month as boss Guus Hiddink looks to strengthen his striking options at Stamford Bridge ahead of the second half of the season. It’s believed he would provide healthy competition for current first-choice forward Diego Costa, especially with rumours of Loic Remy possibly leaving the club.

Importantly, Bacca would not be cup-tied for the crucial Champions League last-16 tie against French champions Paris Saint-Germain, which is a key reason as to why Chelsea are willing to pay such a high price.

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Following a successful two-year spell in La Liga with Sevilla, where he fired them to two successive Europa League trophies, Bacca joined Milan last summer, and has scored nine goals in 21 appearances at the San Siro.

Given his goal scoring record in previous seasons, Bacca’s arrival will likely be greeted in positive fashion, especially as Chelsea have been struggling in front of goal this season.