Whether Gareth Bale stays or goes, Jackson Martinez should become a target for Spurs this summer - But it will cost them. How much, could depend on an offer from Anzhi Machachkala.
There have been plenty of rumours doing the rounds of Gareth Bale leaving this summer, which has prompted apparent Spurs interest in Jackson Martinez of Porto, a player with 23 goals in 18 league games this season.
Russian side Anzhi have reportedly put down a marker to any other side interested in him, with claims that they could pay his 40 million release clause to ensure that they have the first chance to sign Martinez on a long term deal.
That is a fee that few other sides can, or would be willing to, go anywhere near for a player who hasn’t yet completed a full season in European football.
If Spurs do get a monster of an offer for Gareth Bale this summer, then they have to consider spending the money on him.
While they are different types of player, Martinez brings to the table a strike rate which would impact the team in a similar way to how Bale has transformed Spurs, and can bridge the gap in terms of what Bale leaves behind.
They certainly wouldn’t be able to afford him unless they sold Bale first because Spurs are not a club that have £40 million plus in the bank, ready to spend on a single player.
They only way they could realistically get anywhere near that figure is with a mega Bale sale, which could be in the region of £60-70 million according to which report you’ve read since the rumours over a Real Madrid departure first started.
Spurs would not get all of that money up front, it would more than likely be paid to them in instalments but the initial cash sums would go a long way to subsidising a move for Martinez, if Spurs decided to go after him.
Anzhi are one of the wealthiest sides in the world at the moment and they will always throw their hat into the ring for the top players but Spurs need to pray that Martinez can’t be tempted into a move to Russia.
They try to get players like this because they have the resources to do so. Any club with a seemingly bottomless pit of cash will always try and sign the best players, regardless of whether it’s good value or whether the wage deal is over the top.
If he turns down that move, it means the £40 million is off the table and Porto will have to come down to the more realistic price range which other sides interested in him would be able to afford.
That would work in Spurs’ favour and it would be the ideal situation because not only would they be able to put in a competitive bid for Martinez, they wouldn’t have to sell Bale in the process to fund it.
That seems to be the most realistic way that Spurs will sign Martinez because it’s looking more and more like Bale is going to stay in North London for at least another season.
A strike force of Bale and Martinez next season at White Hart Lane would certainly be prolific and it would certainly enhance Spurs’ chances of staying in the top four and having a fair crack at the Champions League, providing they qualify.
How much do you think Spurs can or could pay?
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