Arsenal are weighing up a January bid for FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, according to reports in TuttoMercato.
Arsene Wenger is believed to have made a top quality centre forward one of his transfer priorities for the winter as he looks to build on his side’s impressive start to the Premier League season and sees Martinez as a viable option to bring to the Emirates Stadium in the New Year.
The Colombian international is one of the most in form striker in all of Europe at the moment, having netted 37 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions, since arriving at Estadio do Dragao last summer.
The Gunners made several attempts to try and sign both Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez this summer but to no avail and manager Arsene Wenger is keen to have alternatives to Olivier Giroud. With Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo being Arsenal’s only alternative striking options at present, an injury to the Frenchman could spell disaster for the early Premier League pacesetters in 2013/14.
The Colombian international started his career with Independiente Medellin and after some successful several years there, he earned a moved to Chiapas in Mexico and continued his goal-scoring form. In his last season at Chiapas, Martinez managed 20 goals from 41 appearances, which caught the eye of Porto.
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The 27 year old is technically sound, able to drop deep and link up with the midfielders. His scoring record speaks for itself, but he also has the audacity and ability to attempt long distance shots. Martinez would be a perfect man to challenge Giroud for a starting role as Arsenal’s no.10. 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.
He has a release clause of £34.8 million, meaning if the Gunners want him they will know exactly what they need to do to bring him in. The striker is of course cup tied for European competition, but could help Arsenal’s Premier League challenge, a competition which the Gunners currently top after six games.
Martinez already has six goals in eight games for Porto and if he continues scoring I won’t be surprised if Arsenal are not the only side to make a bid for him in January. He will certainly cost more than Wenger would want to pay for a 27 year old, but the upside is that the Gunners will get striker with world class ability.
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