Serie A giants AC Milan should attempt to bring Porto goal machine Jackson Martinez to the club if they allow Fernando Torres to return to either Atletico Madrid or Liverpool in the New Year.
The Spaniard has scored just once in 10 appearances for Filippo Inzaghi’s men this season, and with the Rossonieri keen to secure a swift return to the Champions League following this year’s absence may decide to move for a more consistent and ruthless centre-forward when the transfer window reopens next month.
Martinez would fit the bill having established himself as one of the most potent finishers in world football over the last few seasons, and could be tempted by a new challenge having scooped all domestic gongs during his time in Portugal.
Since joining Inzaghi’s side in the summer from Premier League titans Chelsea, Torres’ form has slumped from bad to worse and he now looks destined to leave the San Siro before his loan spell expires in just under two years’ time.
Much may hinge on Liverpool and whether Napoli opt to relieve them of the services of Mario Balotelli, though Atletico could swing the pendulum their way if they offer former Torino forward Alessio Cerci as part of the deal.
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The club have been vocal in their support of the striker, but the reality is that without a truly class centre-forward at their disposal their chances of featuring in Europe next season appear remote.
Martinez spoke of his desire to remain in Portugal for the time being, but despite fellow interest from Premier League duo Tottenham and Liverpool may opt for Milan in order to help restore the club to their former status as one of the best sides on the planet.
Since being brought to the club in 2012 he has been unstoppable, and he scored 31 times in 40 appearances to help numb the pain felt by countryman Radamel Falcao’s departure to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid a year previously.
Last term he found the net 29 times in 51 appearances, but was unable to earn a second winners medal with Benfica dethroning Porto as champions of Portugal.
This term however he has continued to churn out performances with remarkable ruthlessness and consistency, with his 18 goals in 22 appearances putting him amongst an elite group consisting of the likes of Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa and ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandoski and Mario Gotze in the race for the golden boot.
Enticing the 27-year-old to depart the club he clearly loves and adores would be difficult, but a shot to ply his trade at Milan could prove difficult to turn down.
Inzaghi himself was an outstanding forward during his playing days, and in moving for Martinez would also ease the goalscoring burden that has fallen on the shoulders of Jeremy Menez.