According to the Express, Arsenal and Manchester United hold the upper hand over Chelsea and Tottenham in the chase for Porto striker Jackson Martinez after the player’s agent confirmed talks were imminent with the Premier League duo.
The 6′ 1″ tall striker has made the waves for several months now making himself a target for several big clubs in Europe with a handful of Premier League clubs also all vying to secure the services of the Colombian hitman.
The representatives of the 27-year-old are currently in Italy and will enter discussions with Roma over a potential switch to the Serie A.
Despite these discussions, Martinez, who has previously attracted the interest of Chelsea, could be set for a switch to the Premier League with Arsenal and United also pencilled in for talks.
As well as confirming the interest of Arsenal, United, Atletico Madrid and Valencia, Martinez’s agent, Peppino Tirri, revealed Porto would be willing to let their talisman leave the club if they receive a bid in the region of £30m
Martinez’s Italian agent, Peppino Tirri, told Corriere Giallorosso:
“I am waiting for Jackson Martinez’s manager, Henrique Pompeio, to arrive in Italy tonight for a series of transfer meetings we’ll have together.
“It’s true, he will fly in tonight because we have some meetings lined up to evaluate and find the right proposal for Jackson Martinez.
“We’ve got meetings set up with numerous European clubs, as he is of interest to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Valencia, but also important Italian sides.
“Yes, Roma are a concrete possibility, but they aren’t the only Serie A club interested in Martinez.
“I repeat, we have many meetings and a lot to do over the next few days.”
It now remains to be seen whether United and Arsenal are successful in persuading the player, who has a £32m release clause in his contract, that his future lies in England rather than Spain or Italy.
Martinez has scored 46 goals in 60 appearances so far for Porto since his joining in 2012.
Should Arsenal Engage in a battle for the signature of this “goal machine” this summer? Or should we simply bow-out and seek options elsewhere?