Bacca’s agent, Sergio Barila, told ESPN FC before the move was confirmed: “Bacca is in a situation where both he and his club are interested in looking at an option where he can play, be in a good league and La Liga is a very good offer.”
El Pais and AS report that the option, not an obligation, to sign the player next summer is for €15.5 million, with the initial loan costing the La Liga outfit €2.5m.
The 30-year-old scored 34 goals in 77 games in all competitions for AC Milan, who signed him for €30m two years ago from Sevilla. Milan coach Vincenzo Montella was open to Bacca’s departure as he does not consider him a key player.
“I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to arrive to a great club like Villarreal,” Bacca said in a video on Villarreal’s official Twitter to confirm the deal. “I want to send a special salute to all the club fans.”