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Jackson Martinez set to join top European club - agent

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Arsenal and Manchester United fans face an anxious few days after Jackson Martinez's agent revealed the striker is set to complete a transfer to one of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Colombian goalscorer has been linked with a move to the Premier League for several consecutive summers after consistently impressing in the Primeira Liga for Porto.

But speculation is set to come to an end in the next few days with his agent Luiz Henrique Pompeo confirming that a deal is all but done.

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"Jackson’s future is already pretty much decided," Pompeo told O Jogo.

"From what’s been agreed, Porto will receive the €35m (£25.5m) from the release clause"

"Things should be clarified in the next few days. He’ll go to a big European club, which will be announced as soon as the contract is signed.

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Release clause activated

"From what’s been agreed, Porto will receive the €35m (£25.5m) from the release clause.

"Negotiations have been underway for a few weeks, there are still some details to be sorted out, and then Jackson Martinez’s departure from Porto can become a reality."

Where is he going?

The more savvy readers out there would have realised that Pompeo tantalisingly neglected to name which club Martinez would be moving to.

It leaves both Manchester United and Arsenal fans on the edge of their seats as they wait to hear who the striker has signed for.

Right now, it is most likely that Martinez is moving to La Liga or Serie A as British journalists are usually pretty good at getting this sort of information out when Premier League clubs are involved.

Arsenal's quiet dealing

But Arsenal have always dealt in the shadows and have been known to pull out of deals simply because information was leaked to the press.

The deal that brought Mesut Ozil to Arsenal was all but sealed by the time the information was leaked to the press and, if Arsene Wenger can keep a deal for the King of Assists quiet, he surely has the ability to do the same with Martinez.

Manchester United's publicity addiction

Alternatively, it seems that Manchester United have every intention of making their transfer pursuits as open to the public as reasonably possible.

A deal for Memphis Depay was announced before the medical had even been done while news of their other pursuits appear daily across different media platforms.

One would think they would have already leaked information about Martinez if they were in such advanced talks.

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