According to the Daily Express, Arsenal could be set to launch a big money move for FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez this summer. This comes after the Portuguese clubs president admitted that the prolific Colombian will be allowed to leave this summer.
Porto president Pinto da Costa reportedly said ‘Jackson almost left last summer but we agreed he’d stay one more year. If somebody pays [his value] he will go.’
Martinez has reportedly been a target for Arsenal for the last couple of seasons and seemingly gets linked with a move to north London whenever a transfer window opens. Maybe this summer the striker will actually move on and Arsenal seems a realistic destination.
Colombian international striker Jackson Martinez has been prolific in European football since his arrival from Mexican football in 2012. This season Martinez has scored 21 goals in all competitions and has an impressive scoring record of 62 goals in 80 appearances in the Portuguese top-flight.
Martinez has also scored ten goals in 35 appearances for his national side, despite competing against Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao for a starting place up front.
His scoring record attracted the interest of a number of clubs throughout Europe, including Arsenal and Italian club Roma.
Arsenal’s current need for a striker does not seem that great, as French striker Olivier Giroud is in decent form. The French international star has scored three goals in his last five Premier League appearances and scored eight Premier League goals, despite missing a chunk of the season through injury.
Giroud on form is a very good focal point for Arsenal attack, but Martinez is considered a far more effective goalscorer than his Arsenal counterpart. It could be argued that Martinez has been plying his trade in an inferior league and Giroud has scored goals in the Premier League on a relatively regular basis.
Martinez would offer the Gunners frontline more mobility than Giroud and slightly more pace. It cannot be forgotten that Arsene Wenger’s side have the likes of Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott who also provide forward options.
Arsenal have become accustomed to spending big on attacking players in recent summers, with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez being examples of that spending policy.
Jackson Martinez looks like he would be a good signing for the Gunners, but whether the 28-year-old is worth the mooted fee of £30million remains to be seen. His scoring record for Porto suggests that he would be a good attacking addition to the Arsenal squad.
Would Jackson Martinez be a good signing for Arsenal?