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Jackson Martinez would prefer London club transfer

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FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has revealed where he would like to play in the future, citing Arsenal and Chelsea as possible destinations, reports Sky Sports.

"Where would I like to play?" Martinez said in La Gazzetta dello Sport. "When I was a child I rooted for Chelsea and Arsenal.

"I think the best championships are La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga, which has grown much in recent years. But I also really like Serie A and have many friends in Italy."

Having not ruled out any of the European major leagues, the only certainty is that any possible suitors for the in-demand goalscorer must have substantial funds.

Porto have become a finishing school for some of football's great talents, with Martinez likely to follow Falcao and Hulk out the door for a high transfer fee. 

"My £34million buy-out clause seems a huge amount," he added. "In one year my value has exploded. I did not expect to do so well."

However, the price-tag seems justified with Martinez scoring 12 goals in 14 league appearances this season. His return of 38 strikes in 44 games since his move to FC Porto from Mexican side Chiapas makes him one of the most in-demand finishers in the world. 

The 27-year-old may fulfil his childhood dream as early as the January transfer window. Both Arsenal and Chelsea are in need of a centre forward of the highest quality.

Arsenal, who are currently top of the Premier League, need to give Olivier Giroud a break, having started him in all but one of their league games so far.

Meanwhile, Chelsea's three front men have had underwhelming seasons, with Fernando Torres continuing to struggle in front of goal, Demba Ba unable to get a run of games, and Samuel Eto'o failing to live up to the expectations and his reputation since his summer transfer. 

Both could do with a striker of Martinez's finishing ability, and now is the time to make a move. The timing of his interview, days before the opening of the winter transfer window, could be interpreted as a come and get me plea. 

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