Arsenal have received a huge boost with regards to their ambitions of luring Jackson Martinez to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Porto president Pinto da Costa having confirmed that the club are set to sell the player.
The Gunners have retained an interest in the Colombia forward for over 12 months, and as Arsene Wenger is looking to improve his frontline the deal for one of Europe’s most prolific forwards looks set to be able to go through.
Though Martinez has a release clause standing at a reported £27.5 million his strike rate of 62 goals in 80 league games for Porto quantifies the high sum, and Wenger is likely to have money to play with this summer given that the club are no longer so bogged down with debt from their stadium move.
Martinez to move
And, as if to all but confirm the idea that Martinez is going to be leaving Porto this summer, his club president admitted that if a suitor matches his release clause he will depart.
"Jackson almost left last summer but we agreed he’d stay one more year," Da Costa said, as per The Independent's transfer roundup.
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"If somebody pays [his value] he will go."
"If somebody pays [his value] he will go"
Those comments leave Wenger with quite the predicament, with the Frenchman not currently boasting a striker who can routinely score 20+ Premier League goals a season. That could very well be one of the reasons that the Gunners aren’t competing with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title, a point that Jose Mourinho was quick to raise during his interview on Goals on Sunday at the weekend.
Nevertheless caution would be advised if Wenger is considering spending nearly £30 million on a player who has never proved his worth in one of Europe’s major leagues. The Primeira Liga is somewhat behind England’s top flight with regards to overall quality, and more than one star name has failed to adapt since making the switch to English shores in the past.
A safe bet?
In Martinez’s case one would expect it to be safer than purchasing an unknown entity due to his consistency. The 28-year-old has found the net 25 times or more in each of his last three seasons across all competitions, and Wenger himself conceded recently that it was only a matter of time before a top club made a formal effort to snap him up.
It could be argued that the Frenchman is better served concentrating on other areas of the team when the summer transfer market rolls around. A new goalkeeper could offer better reassurance between the sticks, whilst a world-class centre-back would help to shore up a relatively shaky back-line.
Arsenal fans, what type of player would you like to see arrive in north London this summer? Is Jackson Martinez an ideal acquisition? Let us known in the comments box below...