According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Porto duo Juan Fernando Quintero and Jackson Martinez, who have a reported combine value of £60million. The Gunners are now being linked with a summer move for the duo.
The pair were linked with moves to the Emirates in the summer, but nothing materialised, despite rumours that Quintero was even on his way to London to discuss personal terms with the Gunners. The pair have also been linked with moves to the likes of Roma in Martinez’s case and Juventus in Quintero’s.
It should not shock you that both reported targets are attacking players, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems to be more comfortable signing attacking players than defensive ones.
Colombian international Martinez is now a renowned scorer of goals in European football with Porto and has scored a very creditable 72 goals in 107 appearances for the Portuguese team since his arrival in 2012 from Mexican club Chiapas.
He is a striker whose name has been continually linked with the Gunners in recent transfer windows, due to Arsenal’s apparent lack of world-class striker. Martinez is highly-rated, despite not being first choice striker for his national team at the World Cup in the summer.
Martinez is believed to be looking to move to a bigger league in the summer, but Arsenal could face major competition considering the strikers scoring record in recent seasons.
Attacking midfielder Quintero is a teammate of Martinez’s at international level as well as at club level. The playmaker impressed during the World Cup with his national team after producing some dazzling displays for his club side in recent seasons.
The pair seems to be quality players and would no doubt add something to the Gunners team if Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes a summer move.
Quintero and Martinez are good players, but they should not arrive if the Gunners have not recruited the necessary defensive reinforcements in January. A new centre-back and defensive midfielder are still the glaring priorities for the club from north London.
If Arsenal are prepared to lay out a serious amount of money on defensive players as well as attacking players then their squad could seriously be strengthened by the addition of the Colombian duo.
Wenger has vowed to attempt to strengthen his defensive options in January. The club should see how that goes before looking at summer recruitments, especially attacking ones.
Would the Colombian duo be good signings?