Arsenal are ready to table a £29.5 million bid for Jackson Martinez, after Porto confirmed that they’re ready to cash-in on the prolific striker this summer.
The Colombian international has been one of the most prolific forwards in European football over the past two-and-a-half years, scoring an incredible 85 goals in just 120 games.
Porto president Pinto da Costa has now confirmed they will cash-in on the striker as long as their valuation is met.
“Jackson almost left last summer but we agreed he’d stay one more year, de Costa was quoted by the Metro.
“If somebody pays [his value] he will go.”
Arsene Wenger also fuelled talk of a potential move few weeks back after telling reporters that he could succeed in the Premier League.
“He could play in the Premier League, Jackson Martinez, because he has the body to make the difference,” the Gunners boss was quoted by Express.
“He uses in a very intelligent way his body, very short backlift and is a very good finisher.”
The striker himself admitted his spell at Porto is about to come to an end, saying it is time for him to find a new experience:
“In the summer I’ll leave Porto for a new team. Players develop well in Portugal, and I thank the club for making me the player I am today,” Martinez said.
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“However, it’s time for a new adventure, to grow from a professional point of view.”
Martinez and Arsenal could be the perfect fit and his eye for goal will make him a valuable alternative for Olivier Giroud. He would thrive in an environment containing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, one with so much creativity on offer for attackers.
We already have a wealth of attacking talent available but with Lukas Podolski expected to leave the club on a permanent basis this summer, perhaps Wenger has identified Martinez as a potential replacement and reinforcement.
There is no doubt that Martinez is a deadly finisher, but I personally have my doubts that Wenger will spend around £30 million on a striker who’ll turn 29 later this year.
If we do bring in another forward, I can see us going for a younger player like Paulo Dybala of Palermo or sticking with Yaya Sanogo, but we’ll have to wait and see what the boss decides to do in the summer.
Do we need Martinez?