Former Liverpool target describes €40 million release clause as 'crazy'

Liverpool were said to be in for Jackson Martinez last summer. They certainly would not be able to afford him now.

If Liverpool have one transfer regret from last summer, it must be signing Fabio Borini for £10 million and passing signing on Jackson Martinez for £7 million.

Borini failed to score a single Premier League goal before getting injured, while Martinez has set Portugal's Primera Liga alight after signing for Porto - scoring 23 goals in 22 games.

Porto are said to be open to cashing in on the striker this summer, but only if a big offer comes in, and by that they mean his 40 million Euros release clause is triggered.

Martinez himself has been talking about it this week in an interview with one of Portugal's largest newspapers O Jogo.

He said: "To think that you need to pay 40 million euros for my sale is a crazy thing and I never imagined (it). It is indeed amazing to think those 40 million and remember that when I started in Medellin, received 400,000 pesos (170 euros) a month."

He is right that when you contextualise the figures, they really are crazy, but in the football world we are used to hearing such figures.

Whether it be Cristiano Ronaldo moving for £80 million or Andy Carroll for £35 million, the word crazy being associated with football finances is a common phenomenon.

Martinez is a player whose stock has rocketed over the past year, last March he was playing his club football in Mexico, which is quite possibly why Liverpool saw him as a bit of a gamble.

With reports the club have just £20 million to spend this summer, prior to making any sales, it is hard to see Liverpool renewing their interest in him.

He has even been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the price tag may just scare off potential suitors.

Martinez has had just one year at Porto and in Europe after all, and any would-be buyers may just want to see if he can maintain his sensational form before parting with a king's ransom to bring him to their club.

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