Chelsea and Arsenal will have to fight off Serie A advances if they want to land transfer target Jackson Martinez, as the race to sign him this summer hots up.

According to Calciomercato, the Roman press are reporting that the Giallorossi manager Rudi Garcia is keen to add firepower to his squad and sees the prolific Porto hitman as the perfect addition. However, Roma's plans are likely to hinge largely on none of the Premier League teams getting involved in the race.

So reports that both Chelsea and Arsenal have taken a keen interest in Martinez will not exactly be welcomed by the second-placed team in Italy's top flight. This is because the financial might of Serie A can now no longer compete with most Premier League sides, never mind two of the biggest.

Arsenal are in desperate need of more strikers this summer, as an over-reliance on Olivier Giroud has led to them being something of a one-dimensional attacking force. The Frenchman works hard as the lone striker in bringing his teammates into play, but there are doubts over whether he is a top class striker and many have criticised him for not producing in games against the bigger sides.

Chelsea do not have any problems with regards to personnel levels, but the striker unit they currently possess has failed to hit the heights in a team that is full of quality. Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have all failed to cement a place in the first team when given the chance this season.

Martinez would provide a strong option in attack and has found the net regularly since he moved to Porto as the replacement for Radamel Falcao. He is powerful, quick and has great movement in the opposition area, though he may find the step up in pace harder to acclimatise to than Italy.

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