Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea will have to work hard and guarantee playing time if they want to lands summer target Jackson Martinez, according to his agent.
Speaking to Portuguese publication A Bola, the Porto striker's representative confirmed there was interest from Serie A sides Roma and Napoli, but that his client would opt for the latter due to their greater financial power. Any move for Martinez is likely to interest Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, as all three have been reported to be keeping tabs on the Colombia international.
"Interest from Roma? It's true. We'll see what the best destination is, not in financial terms but for the future of the player. If he goes to Napoli, Jackson would be honored to wear that shirt," said Henry Pompeo.
Martinez has been prolific since joining Porto to replace compatriot Radamel Falcao, scoring 45 goals in only 59 league appearances ahead of Saturday's match against Portuguese champions Benfica. He may also be the man leading the line for his country at this summer's World Cup as Falcao is facing a race to be fit in time for the competition in Brazil after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament playing for AS Monaco earlier this season.
Arsenal's interest in the 27-year-old is understandable as they have had to rely on Olivier Giroud as their only reliably effective centre-forward option, with many believing that lack of more options and cutting edge going forward was behind their failed Premier League title bid. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to make a move for more fireopower in the transfer market this summer as the Gunners prepare for a more sustained assault on the league title next season.
Chelsea are another club that could do with some improvements in the centre-forward area, as none of their options in that position have managed to shine when given opportunities. Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres could all be shipped out of Stamford Bridge this summer as none have proven to be indispensable to Jose Mourinho.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are reeling after a disastrous season under David Moyes, which saw him sacked in April and the team miss out on crucial Champions League football. They are expected to make significant changes to the playing squad this summer, though a striker would appear to be the least of their worries with options such as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at their disposal.
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