Jackson Martinez confirms ongoing transfer talks

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Jackson Martinez says he is aware of ongoing discussions with regards to a summer transfer move, but won't contemplate his future until after the World Cup.

The Colombian striker has been linked with a host of top European clubs after a stellar season in the Portuguese league with Porto. Atletico Madrid, AS Roma and Inter MIlan have all been accredited with an interest while the player's representatives are believed to have held talks with Manchester United.

Arsenal talks

However, it is Arsenal who have seemingly taken the lead in the race to sign him after reports emerged at the weekend claiming officials from the Emirates Stadium had opened a direct line with their Porto counterparts in the hope of agreeing a £20 million deal.

Now Martinez himself has confirmed that he is well aware that his agent is in talks over a potential, high profile transfer move this summer. The sticking point is that he is not willing to entertain transfer talks until after Colombia's World Cup campaign finishes.

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He is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: "I know that there are discussions, but there is still no agreement," Martinez explained.

"My agent is in charge of my future, for now I'm here and it is only after the World Cup that we will discuss what we have to deal with."

Form & valuation

Martinez has impressed during his two-year spell in Portugal scoring 60 goals in 91 appearances. Porto, who have a reputation for getting the most out of their players in the transfer market, moved quickly to place a £35 million release clause in his contract.

As the Primeira Liga is not considered one of the top leagues in Europe, it will be hard for Porto to command such a figure for Martinez despite his impressive goal scoring record. The club are reportedly willing to let the player go for £30 million, leaving Arsenal £10 million short of getting their man.

Premier League interest

Despite Arsenal's march towards signing the striker they so desperately need, it remains a fact that both Manchester United and Chelsea could be serious competitors for his signature.

Arsenal's advantage lies in their depleted squad. With only Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo in the current squad, Arsene Wenger could virtually guarantee a starting berth for the 27-year-old. Martinez would be attracted by the idea of leading the line for one of Europe's biggest clubs.

Alternatively, Manchester United and Chelsea could only offer Martinez a rotation spot. Louis van Gaal would almost certainly prefer Robin van Persie up front while Diego Costa is expected to be the main man for Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal also have an untouched transfer budget while Manchester United have already blown the best part of £60 million on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw. 

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