AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has admitted it will be difficult to secure the signing of FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, despite reports emerging yesterday that a deal was close to being agreed.
The Colombia international is leaving the Porto this summer, ending his long-term association with the club, and interest in him is high with clubs in England wanting him, as well as AC Milan.
The 28-year-old has spent three years at Porto, making 90 league appearances and scoring 67 goals in the process, making him one of Europe's deadliest finishers. However, he's remained loyal to the Portuguese outfit throughout the years despite the growing interest.
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Martinez finally believes the time is right for him to leave Portugal and challenge himself elsewhere and a trio of clubs are reportedly interested in signing him.
As well as AC Milan, Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool are showing interest in the Colombian and are prepared to meet the striker's release clause.
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It's been revealed that the target-man has a £24.7million clause in his contract, which if activated, would see Porto having to accept the offer. Both Arsenal and Liverpool are prepared to pay that fee, whilst AC Milan are also heavily considering it as they plan a massive change at the San Siro over the summer.
Milan's Interest/Agent Reveals Plans
The club are desperate to bring the glory days back to Milan and are prepared to back the manager financially in order to ensure a return of the success, with Martinez deemed their number-one target.
The striker's agent confirmed a few days ago that Martinez knows where his future lies after a 'big, European club' agreed to meet his release clause. However, the agent refused to give away any names, leaving the trio of clubs eagerly awaiting an announcement.
When asked about Martinez to AC, Galliani admitted there was interest, but insisted that it would be a difficult deal to finalise due to the growing interest in the Colombian.
Galliani told La Stampa: "It’s a difficult negotiation.
"There are a lot of other clubs interested in the player, his wishes will be crucial."
It's expected that a formal announcement could be made as soon as the weekend, but with Martinez away on international duty, the proceedings may be drawn out longer.