Arsenal striker target Jackson Martinez has hinted he could be on his way to Arsenal amidst reports that the north London club are lining up a move for the Colombian.
Martinez appeared to be close to joining AC Milan but that move fell through, and now he is back up for grabs with the Italian club seeking a swoop for Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 28-year-old, who is currently away with his country at the Copa America, has a €25 million release clause in his contract with Porto and with Arsenal said to be in the market for a new forward a deal could be on the cards - and Martinez is seemingly keen on making it happen.
Article continues below
He said of Arsenal: It's a big club in one of the best leagues in the world. We have to see if an offer will become a reality or not. The day we'll know where my future goes is near. I still haven't decided, as I'm focused on the Copa America right now."
Martinez is said to be keen on playing in the Champions League which Arsenal can offer, and boss Arsene Wenger has previously spoken out in favour of the forward. "He has top physical strengths," the manager said. "Hugely efficient, he is the kind of player who can make room for himself in the box.
Article continues below
"He could play in the Premier League because he has the body to make the difference.
"He uses it in a very intelligent way. He has a very short back lift and he's a very good finisher. He's on the list of many clubs, you know that."
As it stands Arsenal can only call on Olivier Giroud to lead the line and the Frenchman has come in for criticism before, from club legend Thierry Henry. The former Montpellier man managed 14 goals in the Premier League last term to help his side finish third, and admitted he was 'hurt' after Henry questioned his credentials at the top level.
"He was a little brutal at the time, so it caused a fuss, but that is what he's asked to do as a pundit and I didn't lose any sleep over it," the Frenchman said. "Of course, it hurts your pride, it brings into question the work you do every day. It irritates you, and I was a little annoyed, but I quickly put it behind me."
Wenger has been linked with a host of top targets, including Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli. The former Real Madrid man is almost certain to leave Italy this summer when he returns from the Copa America in Chile when the tournament ends next month.
Jackson Martinez doesn't appear to be a huge improvement on Giroud. He is older and at £25 million is no bargain either while he's not proven in a major league - so they are better off looking at alternatives before pulling the trigger on a deal.
If Arsenal can pull off a swoop for Higuain then the fans would be delighted to have a genuine world class forward in attack to go alongside their big-money options in Sanchez and Ozil. The north London club would undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with.