Arsene Wenger is apparently keeping tabs on Jackson Martinez once again, with a view to bringing the striker to the Emirates in January, according to French publication Le 10 Sport.
We’ve been heavily linked with the powerful forward since before his £26.3m move to Atletico Madrid, but were beaten to his signature by the Spanish giants (via the Metro). He has since struggled in La Liga however, and there is mounting speculation he could be set for an early exit from Atletico.
The French report suggests we are joined by Chelsea in the hunt for Martinez, although whether either team is really interested is questionable.
The Portuguese striker has struggled badly for goals this season, scoring just two goals in his rather disappointing nine La Liga appearances for Atletico. He has clearly struggled to adapt to life in the Spanish capital, and it’s hard to see us moving for him.
A world class striker is unquestionably a priority – once we secure a defensive midfielder – but Martinez doesn’t seem a likely candidate. Given the fact that he’s 29-years-old, is struggling for goals, and shares many traits with Olivier Giroud, he doesn’t seem to tick the boxes on our checklist.
It also seems strange that after investing such a vast sum in the Colombian that Atletico would be willing to offload him after just six months, as they would presumably take a loss on the sale.
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Many players find that after excelling at one club they struggle to replicate their form elsewhere, and that has certainly been the case with Martinez so far. There’s no guarantees that wouldn’t be the case if he were to make the switch to the Premier League, and it’s hard to see Wenger splashing the cash on this one.