The Colombian international is one of the most in form forwards in Europe at the moment after scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances this season.
The 27 year old has expressed an interest in playing in all of the continents major leagues, but has hinted that a move to one of London’s elite clubs may be his first choice.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
Where would I like to play? When I was a child I rooted for Chelsea and Arsenal.
I think the best championships are La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga, which has grown much in recent years.
But I also really like Serie A and have many friends in Italy.
My £34 million buy-out clause seems a huge amount.
In one year my value has exploded. I did not expect to do so well.
Martinez has been closely monitored by a whole host of big name clubs from throughout the continent of late after making a blistering start to his career with the Portuguese champions, netting 38 goals in 44 appearances since making the switch to the Estadio do Dragao from Mexican side Chiapas in 2012.
He is a striker, is technically sound and can link up well with the midfielders. He also has the ability to score from long range shots. Although he’s never played in the Premier League, his incredible strength combined with his pace and ability to score could combine to devastating effect in North London.
Arsenal themselves are in dire need of a world class striker who could offer support to Olivier Giroud up front and the Gunners recent performances have highlighted this. The Frenchman’s lack of pace and finishing has let him down in recent outings and a more direct, pacey and prolific finisher is much sought after at the Emirates, the qualities which are abound in Martinez.
With no talks of a new contract on the horizon for the player, a move could be imminent in January and with Martinez himself admitting a liking for Arsenal, the Gunners might make a move for the South American striker. However his release clause could prove a stumbling block but if a move does materialize, it would prove to be a great signing and will be a big boost to our chances of ending the trophy drought.
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