Porto striker Jackson Martinez, a top target for many top European clubs and mainstay of the transfer rumour mill, looks set to finally move away from Portugal this summer.
The Colombian striker, currently away on World Cup duty with his country, has been linked with numerous clubs for several transfer windows, most notably Napoli and Valencia; however, a €40m (£32m approx) and Porto’s willingness to retain their man kept the player at Estádio do Dragão. Keeping Martinez in Portugal for another season, though, looks unlikely.
According to Football Italia, Martinez’s agent is in Europe for a “series of transfer meetings” one of which is with Roma.
“I am waiting for Jackson Martinez’s manager, Henrique Pompeio, to arrive in Italy tonight for a series of transfer meetings we’ll have together,” representative Peppino Tirri told Italian football site Corriere Giallorosso.
“It’s true, he will fly in tonight because we have some encounters to evaluate and find the right proposal for Jackson Martinez.
“We’ve got meetings set up with numerous European clubs, as he is of interest to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Valencia, but also important Italian sides.
“Yes, Roma are a concrete possibility, but they aren’t the only Serie A club interested in Martinez. I repeat, we have many meetings and a lot to do over the next few days.”
Clubs expressing their interest in Martinez will also be encouraged by Tirri’s confirmation that Porto are willing to budge on their initial valuation of the striker.
“We believe Porto will happily do with a sum between €25m and €30m.”
Of the prospective clubs, Valencia seems to be the most likely destination for Colombian hitman at the moment. Reports from Spain say that Los Che has been in negotiations with Porto since January and talks have accelerated since new owner Peter Lim's arrival at the Mestalla. Lim’s close friendship with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes is seen as a key factor in closing a deal for the 27-year-old.
Martinez has scored 60 goals in 91 games for Porto since signing from Mexican club Chiapas in 2012 and is Columbia’s main man in the absence of Radamel Falcao in Brazil.
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