Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Porto over a move for Colombian striker Jackson Martinez, according to reports in the Metro.
The 27 year old has been in excellent form for the Portuguese outfit over the past two years, scoring 60 in his 91 appearances since making the move from Mexican side Jaguares de Chiapas in 2012.
The report suggests the Gunners have already spoken to Porto about a deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium. The striker has already told the Portuguese press that he wants to move to Arsenal this summer and has now signed with a new agent to make sure the move happens.
It further states that Wenger wants to know whether Porto would sell Martinez for less than his £35 million price tag, with Arsenal valuing him at about £20 million.
They are understandably keen to keep hold of Martinez and have reportedly offered him a new deal, but the player has so far refused to commit his future because the club are wanting to increase his buy-out figure to £70 million, and the Colombia international feels the fee would rule out any potential future move to a top European side.
The Colombian is an out and out striker, who is technically sound and can link up well with the midfielder. He makes good runs, he can run with the ball and he has a real desire to score. He also has the ability to score from long range shots and is also a regular scorer in the Champion’s League, demonstrating that he is a relatively good performer at the top level of European Football.
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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. Wenger is expected to bring in at least one new striker this summer to offer competition to Olivier Giroud next season, and Martinez would certainly bring a much-needed goal threat to the North Londoners attack if he does end up making the switch.
However, it remains to be seen whether Wenger will formalise his interest, as £35 million is a big price for a player that’s relatively unproven outside of Portugal, but there’s no denying his goal-scoring record has always been impressive wherever he’s played. His performances in the World Cup certainly will add to his price tag, most notably he netted a brace in his country’s 4-1 win over Japan last week.
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