Both Arsenal and Liverpool are poised to make £35million bids for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, as the player once again admitted that his future at the Estadio do Dragao is far from secure.
Speculation has been rife in recent weeks suggesting Martinez could make a Premier League switch this summer, as it appears that some of the top clubs are finally prepared to make formal offers for him. Much has been made in the last two of years of the likelihood of him one day playing in England but, whereas usually the interest subsides over time, it now appears that Arsenal and Liverpool are ready to fight for his signature.
The Colombian’s latest revelation is much in the same vein as comments late last week which indicated he would consent to a Porto exit, so long as the club were happy with the fee they would receive. This time the prolific frontman, who has bagged 60 goals in 91 appearances since joining his current side in 2012, admitted that he knew of interest from potential suitors, and that he remains clueless as to who he will plying his trade for when the first ball of the new season is kicked.
"Right now, I don't know what will happen. I have two more years on my contract with FC Porto,” he said.
"There is interest from some clubs, something that is perfectly normal when a player is performing well, but I always have to take into account the fact I am under contract and I have to respect it.
"Only time will tell what will happen."
Arsene Wenger’s intent
Arsenal may well be on the verge of signing Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, but that hasn’t stopped him from reportedly keeping his options very much open, and the Daily Express claim that Arsene Wenger is prepared to meet Martinez’s buyout clause of £35million to ensure that he has a top quality finisher to compete with Olivier Giroud.
Only recently the 27-year-old, who found the net twice during his country’s campaign in this summer’s World Cup, admitted that he supported the Gunners as a boy and conceded that he would “say yes” to a move to the Emirates Stadium if the chance arose. This could give Arsenal the upper hand in the race, though they’ll no doubt face strong competition.
Brendan Rodgers’ need
Having all but been resigned to selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the wake of the World Cup scandal involving the Uruguayan star’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini, Brendan Rodgers knows he needs to bring in a world-class forward who can complement the traits of Daniel Sturridge. Rickie Lambert will certainly give the Reds another option moving forward, but the Express states that Rodgers sees Martinez as a like for like replacement for Suarez and is rightly convinced of his ability to find the net on a consistent basis.