As Arsenal begin to prepare for the start of the new Premier League season, there is a sense of optimism among the club’s supporters in regards to the North London side’s credentials in this summer transfer window. Whilst there are quite a few areas that need to be strengthened, there is no question that the most important is in attack, more specifically, a central striker.
There have been several reports in the last couple of days claiming that the former Arsenal man Carlos Vela is set to return for a second spell at the Emirates following a very successful two-year stint at Real Sociedad, although the young Mexican is more of a left winger these days. Whilst this is definitely something to be excited about, there is more good news for Arsenal fans.
If reports from various sections of the media are to be believed, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is working on a deal to bring FC Porto’s much-coveted hitman Jackson Martinez to London. The Frenchman is known to be a long-time admirer of the Columbian international who has himself claimed that a move to Arsenal would definitely interest him. Furthermore, Martinez’s agent, Peppino Tirri, has confirmed that Arsenal are indeed interested in his client, although he was quick to add that there will be competition.
Speaking to Corriere Giallorosso as reported by the Daily Star, he said: “I am waiting for Jackson Martinez’s manager, Henrique Pompeio, to arrive in Italy tonight for a series of transfer meetings we’ll have together. We’ve got meetings set up with numerous European clubs, as he is of interest to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Valencia, but also important Italian sides.”
The much sought-after striker is believed to have a £32 million release clause at Porto but with a goal-scoring record of 60 goals in 91 appearances for the Portuguesse side, few would think twice before splashing the cash. The 27-year-old boasts attributes of excellent hold-up play, great pace and a very clinical finish, something that the Gunners strike force seemed to lack last season.
While competition will most certainly be high, I believe that Wenger will get his man if he is keen enough. For someone who is looking to take his career to the next level, Arsenal appears to be the most tempting destination. And with the Columbian already stating his willingness to play for Arsenal, a big-money move from Wenger may well be on the cards.