Arsenal set to sign Porto ace Jackson Martinez - reports

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Porto striker Jackson Martinez looks set to make a summer move to the Emirates, as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his attacking options.

Newspaper Jordal di Noticias claims that a “principle agreement” has been signed to bring the striker to Arsenal in the summer.

Rumours in the Portuguese media suggest that Wenger has beat off the chasing pack of Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United by activating the release clause in the Colombian's contract, which stands at £24.8 million.

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Martinez has been in great form this year and has found the net 32 times for Porto in all competitions, guiding his team to a second place finish, just three points behind champions Benfica.

The move could suggest that Arsenal are to have a summer clear out of their attacking options with the returning pair of Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo likely to move away from the Emirates in the summer. Neither player has managed to break into the first team and have never looked likely to unsettle Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck.

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Even the latter though, have struggled for consistency, with Giroud scoring in peaks and troughs throughout the season, meaning that he often wasn’t on form when the side needed him most.
Not since Robin van Persie have Arsenal had a prolific striker.

The squad now is arguably more creative, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, meaning a transfer to the Emirates could be a dream for any top striker, as service will be of the very best quality. So a talisman like Martinez is perhaps just what the side needs.

In other news, Wenger is also rumoured to be looking at a £60 million swoop for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir who have both had great seasons in France, bagging 39 goals between them this campaign.

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