Arsenal ready to activate release clause of €40m star forward

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Arsenal are willing to pay €40million to activate the release clause of Jackson Martinez either this month or in the summer, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

The free-scoring hit-man has been on the Gunners' radar for some time now and, with Arsene Wenger knowing that he needs to secure a prominent forward to provide support for Olivier Giroud in the long-term, the north London giants are ready to splash the cash required to bring Martinez in.

This comes only days after news that Theo Walcott could sit out for the rest of the season, and, perhaps more pertinently, reports that the Porto forward sees a move to the Emirates as one that he would not turn down.

With the €40million release clause embedded within his current deal at the Estádio do Dragão, Wenger would be targeting a player who would cost substantially more than his other rumoured targets- namely Alvaro Morata and Karim Benzema.

However the 27-year-old is not thought to be interested in tying himself to a new deal with Porto and, with Arsenal firmly in the race for this year’s Premier League title, the Gunners could be willing to part with the cash to ensure success.

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