Manchester United are aiming to disrupt the ongoing negotiations between AC Milan and Jackson Martinez despite the fact the Italian club have a drafted agreement with the player.
Martinez, possessive of a release clause worth around €35 million, is all but guaranteed to leave FC Porto for pastures new this summer, having been the scourge of the Primeira Liga since moving to the Estadio do Dragao in 2012.
According to reports in Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport the Colombian hit-man is on the verge of sealing a move to AC Milan that will see him pocket €3.5m-a-year on a four-year contract, but both Manchester United and Manchester City are keen on landing him themselves.
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It’s said that Milan chief Massimo Galliani is wary of the interest coming from the Premier League duo and has himself only recently returned to Italy after verbally agreeing terms with Martinez and/or his representatives.
Milan vs others
Gazzetta claim that the San Siro club is willing to pay the €35m in full whereas other suitors might try and lower Porto’s asking price, possibly giving Milan the advantage as they look to turn the tide of recent troubles.
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In any case United and City are sure to provide a stern challenge at the last minute if they can themselves enter negotiations with Martinez, with both clubs capable of offering Champions League football and essentially any amount in wages.
Though the striker himself might find the Premier League harder to adapt to than Serie A playing in England obviously has its perks, and he might deem United and City better placed to offer him glory that Milan.
Of the two Manchester clubs it’s City who are arguably in a better position to challenge for the title next season, and since Alvaro Negredo has joined Valencia and Edin Dzeko’s future is uncertain there looks to be a space opening up in Manuel Pellegrini’s front-line.
Indeed City fans will dream of a strikeforce that contains both the prolific Martinez and Sergio Aguero, with money naturally being no issue.
That said joining United has benefits of its own to offer, not least the fact that the Red Devils are on their way back to the elite stalls of English football and are crying out for a talismanic out-and-out striker.
Robin van Persie no longer looks capable of fitting that particular bill, Wayne Rooney has been deployed further back by Van Gaal, James Wilson is too young to lead the line just yet and Javier Hernandez will be fortunate if he isn’t sold this summer. Is Martinez the man?
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