Chelsea are considering a bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez after being told by Manchester United that Wayne Rooney will not be sold, reports The Metro.
Chelsea spent most of the pre-season trying to sign Rooney but were rejected two times by title rival United. The Blues were thought to be ready for one final push for Rooney, but in the mean time are understood to be considering other alternatives which could suit them.
Samuel Eto'o was another name being linked with Stamford Bridge for some time as a replacement should the pursuit of Rooney fails. Mourinho managed Eto'o while he was in charge at Inter Milan and was pleased to hear that the Cameroon international is keen on a reunion. Regardless though, Eto'o is now 32-years-old and his huge wages are the drawbacks that might be hindering his move to Chelsea.
Something else for Mourinho to bear in mind is that current striker Demba Ba is wanted by West Ham. Ba is behind Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order and if he is offloaded then Chelsea will be forced to add another forward to their squad.
Porto striker Jackson Martinez might be the solution. If they cannot sign Rooney and problems hinder a move for Eto'o, then Jackson Martinez may well suit their plan.
The Colombian ace is 6ft 1in tall, strong and may not take long to adapt to the physicality of Premier League. His goalscoring records are not bad either. He scored 34 goals in 43 appearances for Porto last season and beat the record of Ramadel Falcao, Lisandro Lopez & Hulk after scoring 11 goals in 12 matches.
Reports in Portugal suggests that Martinez is the new target of Mourinho. His £35million buy-out clause might be the only obstacle to bring him in Chelsea, with the London club rumoured to be ready to pay £25million for the striker. Chelsea have to do it fast as Porto would also have to find Martinez's replacement sooner rather than later, which may increase the chances of them rejecting any approaches.
Can he be the trump card of Mourinho for this season? Can Mourinho make another legend as he did previously by signing Drogba from Marseille?
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