Manchester United’s chances of signing Porto striker Jackson Martinez have improved as the Colombian international is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League champions.
Serie A outfit Roma were said to be leading the race to sign the 27-year-old marksman until it was revealed by the Daily Express that Martinez favours a move to Manchester United.
The Portuguese Liga’s top scorer has been closely monitored by several top European clubs this season after coming on to their radar by scoring 29 goals for Porto during the 2012/13 campaign.
Reports in Italy had suggested Martinez had agreed terms to join Roma in the summer, however the two clubs have so far failed to agree a fee.
Porto are unwilling to sell Martinez for a penny under £40million as they believe the clinical finisher is among the world's best strikers.
Martinez’s agent William Lara said on his client: "The price remains the same? It's hard to say now. It depends on supply and demand and at this time Porto are focussed on other things.
"[Roma] is a big club, no doubt. Porto at this time has not yet initiated any contact about this matter. It has other matters to think about.
"The situation is critical, not the best. Porto are focused on this season finale, this situation will be evaluated later."
Manchester United boss David Moyes will have the funds available to meet Porto’s valuation in the summer - but it remains to be seen if the Premier League side are willing to splash a significant amount of their transfer war-chest on a striker when they have deeper problems in defence and in the heart of midfield.