According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal could be set to make a £25million move for FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, but only if the Gunners can offload Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell first.
The Colombian striker has been prolific for Porto in his three years in Portugal. The 28-year-old scored seven goals in the Champions League last season and has also been the top scorer in the Portuguese top-flight for the last three seasons.
Martinez is yet another FC Porto forward who is prolific. The likes of Radamel Falcao, Hulk and James Rodriguez all made their names at the Portuguese club before moving on at a vast profit.
Martinez’s name always seems to crop up every transfer window, when Arsenal are reportedly looking to sign a striker, just Gonzalo Higuaín’s and Karim Benzema’s. He is believed to have been a long-term transfer target of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
Wenger could finance the deal with the exits of out-of-favour trio Sanogo, Podolski and Campbell. All three were sent out on loan for the second half of last season. Sanogo joined Crystal Palace, while Joel Campbell went to Villarreal and Podolski to Italian giants Inter.
None the trio overly impressed in their temporary spells away from north London and all three could be available for permanent transfer this summer.
Campbell is reportedly being chased by Villarreal, Benfica and Real Sociedad, while Podolski big wages seem to be putting a lot of clubs off attempting to sign him. Sanogo may still be loaned out next season, but a permanent deal is not out of the question.
It seems that all three players are heading for the Emirates exit door this summer. Podolski has recently revealed he wants to stay. If the Gunners can find somebody to take on his massive wage then I believe the German will be sold.
Wenger is obviously a fan of Martinez and has sung his praises in the past. However, for all the talk about Martinez being in-demand and top quality, what concerns me is the fact that he is 28-years-old and none of the football giants have snapped him up.
He is still plying his trade in Portugal despite being prolific for the last three years. That suggests to me that there are slight doubts over his ability to perform at the top level.
However, he has proven he can score goals in the Champions League, which would reassure me slightly that he can play in a bigger league, and I certainly will not be complaining if the Gunners do sign Martinez this summer.
Would Jackson Martinez be a good signing for Arsenal?