Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea may just have been handed a potential boost in the race to sign Jackson Martinez, with reports suggesting that Serie A outfit Roma could be seeking cheaper alternatives.
According to talkSPORT, Roma are planning to hold talks with the Porto striker's camp, but it is uncertain if they will be able to match or indeed persuade the Primeira Liga champions to budge on Martinez's £31 million price tag.
As such, the same source reports that Rudi Garcia's side could look at more affordable options - with Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou and former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou possibly on their list of targets.
If Roma were indeed to turn their attentions away from Martinez, that would appear to give Chelsea - as well as potentially even Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham - a clearer run at signing Martinez, with all four of those clubs having been linked with the player.
Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in Martinez, with manager David Moyes believed to have scouted him - as well as Guilherme Siqueira and teammate Eliaquim Mangala - personally during Porto's cup semi-final clash with Benfica at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday night.
With Chelsea - who appear close to sealing a deal to bring Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge - and Manchester United both expected to be on the lookout for new signings this summer, Martinez would appear to fit the bill rather nicely.
A stunning record of 26 goals in 30 appearances last season - as well as 18 in 27 during 2013/14 - indicates that the 27-year-old is a truly formidable prospect in front of goal and a nightmare for opposition defenders to contend with.
However, given his rather hefty buyout clause, both Jose Mourinho and Moyes can perhaps be forgiven for harbouring any slight concerns over the fact that Martinez is yet to prove his worth in European football outside of Portugal.
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