Porto are ready to hold negotiations with a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea over the possible transfer of Jackson Martinez.
The Express, citing the player's chief representative, claims that the Portuguese giants now fear losing money on the free-scoring Colombian if they allow his contract to wind down, and so want to ensure that they get as much money as possible for selling him whilst he’s at his peak. Martinez’s current deal expires at the end of the season but despite that his club have insisted that all offers under the valuation of his release clause - said to said at £32million - would be rebuffed.
However the player’s agent, Peppino Tirri, believes that Porto are worried that they may lose one of their most influential players for nothing, as potential suitors seem unwilling to pay the aforementioned sum.
“Porto cannot risk a player like him going towards the end of his contract,” he reportedly told Radio CRC.
“In that case, the buy-out clause would no longer apply."
Martinez has been linked with a move away from the Portuguese league for sometime now, and his fantastic goal scoring record at the Estadio do Dragao has attracted the attentions of some of the world’s leading sides. It’s thought that United would be one of the more attractive destinations on the cards, and new boss Louis van Gaal may yet move to add Martinez to his growing wish list of summer transfers.
Whether or not the 27-year-old will move will likely depend on how much Porto drop their asking price, but if Tirri is to be believed, and his club are willing to negotiate a new amount, then there’s no reason why Martinez won’t be plying his trade in England come next term.