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Jorge Mendes to assist Jackson Martinez transfer

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Jorge Mendes will be involved in Jackson Martinez's potential switch to Arsenal after his agent confirmed that the Colombian is close to leaving Porto.

Mendes, who currently represents a host of stars including Radamel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, has been drafted in by Martinez's current representative Henrique Pompeo in order to help facilitate a move.

He told Portuguese newspaper Record: ‘It’s a situation that honours us and that will not harm anyone. On the contrary Jorge Mendes’ input in this process is to benefit all. Mendes is the ideal partner to any transfer.’

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Martinez enjoyed a superb 2014/15 season with Porto, bagging 21 goals in 30 league appearances to help Porto make the latter stages of the Champions League where they were eliminated by Bayern Munich despite claiming a 3-1 win in the first leg.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to be keen on signing a new forward in the upcoming transfer window and has set his sights on the 28-year-old. Recent reports suggest that deal could be close, with Liverpool also said to be interested.

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Martinez, who was previously linked with Tottenham, has a release clause written into his contract worth €30 million, a fee Arsenal would be more than able to pay having splashed serious cash on top targets such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in recent seasons.

Porto are keen on keeping their star forward after finishing second in the Portuguese league behind fierce rivals Benfica - but president Nuno Pinto da Costa admits that may be too difficult a task.

“He’s a player we want to keep, but we cannot stop someone paying the clause," he said. "Jackson went on vacation and so when he returns we will try to renew his deal just like last year.”

Arsenal signed Danny Welbeck for £16 million from Manchester United in the last summer window but he failed to fire, managing just four league goals all season. Main striker Olivier Giroud fared slightly better and bagged 14 - however Gunners all-time leading Thierry Henry believes that Wenger needs an upgrade on the Frenchman in order to win the title.

"I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so.

"He does a job, and he does it ever so well, but you can't win the league. Arsenal were at the top of the league last season, but everyone was saying they are not going win the league."

Opinion

Arsenal have been crying out for a top-level striker for some time now. Is Martinez the man for the job? Maybe but it's a big gamble. 

He's proven in a lesser league and at the age of 28 doesn't exactly have time to develop - if he flops he's in trouble. The Gunners would be better off going for a younger target for less money.

Is Jackson Martinez the striker that Arsenal need?

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