Arsenal are considering a double transfer bid for Porto stars Jackson Martinez and Juan Fernando Quintero in a deal worth a potential £60 million, reports the Daily Star.
Both players were linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, but Arsene Wenger instead chose to chase alternative targets. However, the Gunners boss has kept tabs on them ever since and is expected to renew his interest in the summer transfer window.
Both players are valued at around £30 million by the Portuguese outfit and they are unlikely to offer Arsenal any sort of discount for signing both of them. It would therefore require a stunning offer from Wenger to seal both signatures.
"I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid – I love their style of play"
Cash rich Gunners
Arsenal have access to a lot more funds than they have done previously. New sponsorship deals with Puma and Fly Emirates have allowed Wenger to splash the cash on world-class stars like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in successive summer windows.
However, Wenger is still keen to get value for money and £60 million for two players that are not playing in a top five European league may seem steep. James Rodriguez is the latest example of a player coming out of Portugal to do well at a major club.
All the signs point towards future success for Quintero and Martinez as well. Martinez has an impressive 72 goals in 107 appearances for Porto but Quintero is yet to show his potential. At 21-years-old, the winger is tipped to make it in a top five league eventually.
Martinez has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs in the past but hit headlines earlier this year after revealing that he is in fact an Arsenal fan.
"I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid – I love their style of play," Martinez told reporters in January.
"It’s flowing and open with a lot of first touch passes. It would be suitable for a player like me. If I get a chance to play for a high level club like Arsenal I wouldn’t hesitate to accept it."
David Ospina became the first Colombian to join Arsenal this summer but the goalkeeper has been limited to just two appearances so far after suffering from a recurring thigh injury.