We have been heavily linked with a move for Jackson Martinez recently, with Arsene Wenger looking to bolster his attacking options. And despite competition from Manchester United and Chelsea, we – along with Liverpool – are now the favourites for his signature, according to the Express.
There has been a surprising development however, with the Express reporting that super agent Jorge Mendes has become involved in the transfer, even though he doesn’t represent the Colombian forward.
The story originated in Portugal, with O Jogo reporting that Mendes was looking to crowbar his way into the deal.
Mendes recruited to sort Jackson Martinez transfer. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all want him. pic.twitter.com/4CrOApBhzz
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) May 28, 2015
Mendes boasts Premier League clients such as Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa, and has a history of dealing with Manchester United and Chelsea. This is not the case with Arsenal and Liverpool, and Mendes’ involvement has the potential to throw a spanner in the works.
If we are looking to snag the 28-year-old, then we will have to beat a number of competitors to his signature. One thing it doesn’t look as though we will have to worry about however, is him staying put at FC Porto. Another report from Portuguese publication Correio da Manha claims that Martinez has no intentions of returning to Porto after the Copa America this summer, despite their desire to keep him. He is reportedly looking for a new challenge, and is determined to force his way out of the club.
The Express report that he has a £25m buyout clause, which could prove a bit of a risk. He has shown himself to be a 30 goal per season striker in the Primeira Liga, but he is relatively unproven outside of Portugal. Given his age, there may be better ways of spending the money it would cost to bring him to the Emirates.