According to reports from The Mirror, the Spanish Newspaper AS has confirmed that Jackson Martinez, who has been in the spotlight for quite some time - averaging nearly 30 goals a season in each of the three seasons he has been in Europe at Porto - has agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid, subject to a medical, as confirmed by his agent Pompeo.
Atletico Madrid has had to splash the cash to get their man, having to activate his release clause of 35 million to get him and also avoid AC Milan and Arsenal, the other competitors striving for Martinez's signature.
His transfer comes just days after Mario Mandzukic cut short his stay at the Vincente Calderon by moving to Juventus as a replacement for Carlos Tevez , who has been pushing for a move to his homeland with Boca Juniors.
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If this transfer goes through, Atletico will not only have a potent goalscorer, but also someone with a physical presence on the pitch, much like Diego Costa, someone Atletico Madrid has tried very hard to replace, having brought in six forwards along with homegrown talent like Leo Baptistao to try and replicate their form during the title-winning 2013/14 season.
All of them have had distinct fortunes in the red side of Madrid, with Antoine Griezmann top-scoring in the league with 22 goals after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. Mandzukic had a great start to his career at Atletico but his goals dried after a supposed feud with Diego 'El Cholo' Simeone and he did not score in the league after March.
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Raul Jimenez, a 24-year-old with bundles of potential was also signed up but was restricted to sporadic appearances and would be heading towards the exit door, come August.
Atletico also signed Alessio Cerci from Torino after a stellar season in Serie A, in which he led them to Europe. He failed to cement a place in the first-team and was shipped out on loan to AC Milan in exchange for homeboy Fernando Torres, and even in his preferred league, could not muster anything even mildly spectacular and was adjudged as one of the worst transfers of the season.
The player received in exchange for him was a bit better and showed glimpses of the old "El Nino Torres , like the brace he scored against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey, but overall didn't have much of a impact and next season would be a much better indicator whether Torres would be good deal or not.
Angel Correa, the Argentine wonderkid was also snapped up from hometown club San Lorenzo in January, but could not make an appearance as he had to have a heart tumour removed.
Luciano Vietto is the only one to be added to this group this summer in a £17.6 million deal from Villarreal C.F. after a solid first season in Europe. It is also to be noted that Vietto has played for Simeone before as the latter gave the Argentine his debut at Racing Club.
Jackson Martinez would be the latest to join this exclusive club and will hope to break into the top two with their cross-city rivals going under a transition stage.
Martinez will hope to follow into the footsteps of his international team-mate Radamel Falcao, who also made the switch from Porto to Madrid and set the Calderon on fire or will Martinez write his own legend?
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