One of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours is about the rekindling of our interest in the Porto striker Jackson Martinez. The Gunners were linked with him last summer and in the January transfer window but it seemed that Arsene Wenger had moved on to other targets this summer.
This could be because the 27-year old did not enjoy quite as good a season with his Portuguese club as in his debut year, and also because of the well known fact that his release clause was around £35 million. Porto were adamant that they would not accept less as well, and for that money there may have been better options.
According to the Daily Star though, Arsenal are ready to make their move and have already opened talks with the striker’s club over a £25 million deal. Martinez has made it clear that he will not be extending his contract and so his value will keep shrinking, making them much more willing to negotiate.
But is he the right man for Arsenal? The Colombian has already scored two goals at the World Cup finals and has helped his country to reach the quarter-finals, but I am not sure he is the type of striker to take the Premier League by storm. His team mate James Rodriguez has been the real star, smashing five goals from midfield, so has Wenger got the wrong Colombian in his sights?