Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez moves to China

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Atletico Madrid forward Jackson Martinez ended his torrid spell at the Spanish capital by sealing a move to China joining Guangzhou Evergrande for a record fee of £31.8 million, according to BBC.

Martinez becomes the most expensive signing in the history of Chinese football and the La Liga club also benefitted from the move by making a £7 million profit on the striker.

Horrible season

The Colombian international had high hopes after arriving at Vicente Calderon just seven months ago but hugely failed to replicate the form he had while at Porto.


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He scored only twice in 15 league appearances for the Rojiblancos and manager Diego Simeone eventually agreed to part ways, despite calling the fans to be patient for Martinez to come good.

As per Spanish newspaper AS, Martinez was absent from training on Monday, citing ‘personal reasons’ for his absence which the club had authorised.

Agent Jorge Mendes brokered the deal, eclipsing the mega money deal of Ramires from Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning for £25 million.

Martinez has joined up with his new teammates in Dubai for their winter training camp, headed by former Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

More will follow

China has seen an influx of big-name signings during the January transfer window with Ramires, Gervinho and Fredy Guarin also making the move from Europe.

Atletico wanted to include the striker in a massive offer to Chelsea in order to lure Diego Costa back to La Liga, but the Blues reportedly rejected the offer.

The 29-year-old will believe he can still regain his previous form and again be counted among the best goalscorers in world football. He has bagged at least 20 goals in each season of his three-year stay in Portugal prior to his recent Spanish nightmare.

The Chinese transfer window remains open until February 26 and we could still see some more audacious offers surpassing Martinez's fee before then.

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