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Arsenal To Make £29.5m Offer, Club Confirm They’re Ready To Sell
According to reports, Arsenal are ready to table a £29.5m bid for Jackson Martinez and Porto have confirmed they’re ready to cash-in on the prolific striker this summer.
Speculation last week suggested that we’ve made Martinez a key target and Arsene Wenger fuelled talk of a potential move for the player after telling reporters that he could be a success in the Premier League.
“He could play in the Premier League, Jackson Martinez, because he has the body to make the difference.
“He uses in a very intelligent way his body, very short backlift and is a very good finisher.” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express.
Understandably, Arsene’s comments led to rumours in the newspapers suggesting he was keen on bringing the striker to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season.
It remains to be seen whether that will be the case but if we are after him then it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a deal done as Porto president Pinto da Costa has now admitted that Martinez is available for transfer this summer.
‘Jackson almost left last summer but we agreed he’d stay one more year,’
‘If somebody pays [his value] he will go.’ Source
Da Costa doesn’t disclose their asking price but reports claim we’ll test their resolve with a £29.5m offer which the newspapers think will be enough to persuade the Portuguese giants to do business.
Martinez has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe in recent seasons with the Colombian scoring an impressive 85 goals in 120 games for Porto.
No doubt Martinez is a deadly finisher but I personally have my doubts that Wenger will spend around £30m on a striker who’ll turn 29 later this year.
If we do bring in another forward, I can see us going for a younger player like Dybala or even someone like Cavani before Martinez, but we’ll have to wait and see what the boss decides to do in the summer.