Arsenal fans will have been forgiven for hoping that this summer would be the one where their club finally signed Jackson Martinez, but it isn’t to be, according to reports.
As the transfer window opened FC Porto, club of the Colombia international, confirmed that Atletico Madrid had consented to paying his release clause of €35million, meaning that a transfer will now likely go ahead that will see him move to Spain instead of England.
A statement on Porto's website read: "Atletico Madrid agreed on Tuesday to pay Jackson Martinez's release clause to the sum of €35 million."
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That’s in spite of the fact that Arsene Wenger has in the past revealed his admiration of the free-scoring striker, and the fact that he has been linked with Arsenal for the past few seasons.
On top of that the general consensus is that the Gunners are lacking a natural goalscorer, one who can bag them 20 plus goals a season, making Martinez a seriously viable candidate.
The man himself had let on earlier this summer that he would be taking his leave of the Estadio do Dragao this summer, and it can be assumed that departure is happening as a result of him feeling that he is good enough to play at a higher level than the Portuguese Super Liga can offer.
Case for regret?
If that is the case then questions might be posed as to why he didn’t hold out for Arsenal to submit an offer of their own, with the Premier League notorious for having an exceptionally high standard of play.
That said La Liga isn’t far behind, if it is at all playing second-fiddle, and until recently Atletico were the reigning champions.
Indeed under Diego Simeone the Vicente Calderon outfit have gone from strength to strength in their bid to topple the duopoly that Real Madrid and Barcelona have held for so long.
Atletico go marching on
What’s more is they’ve always boasted lethal strikers leading their line, with Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic amongst their recent alumnus.
Since the latter has moved on to join Juventus space has opened up in Atletico’s frontline, space that is appears Simeone has been quick to fill. It could very well turn out to be a case of Arsenal’s loss is Atletico’s gain, though fans will hope Wenger has another alternative up his sleeve.
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