Jackson Martinez is a name you could be hearing a lot more of over the next few weeks, as the build up to the summer transfer window gathers momentum and the season winds down.
He’s a striker from FC Porto with a fantastic record of 23 goals in 18 league games this season, which has attracted Premier League interest from most notably Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
All of those teams would be very good destinations for a player who may already be thinking about the prospect of a move away from Portugal’s biggest team to somewhere in Europe where he can win the best trophies and earn the most money.
The connection with Manchester United is an interesting one because there have been plenty of stories recently, linking Sir Alex Ferguson’s side with attacking players this summer.
If the freshest rumours are to be believed then United are set to go after Atletico Madrid’s Falcao, which would be a much greater desired move for the Old Trafford club than Martinez.
That leaves the door open to Liverpool and Tottenham. Liverpool definitely need another attacking player to come in and support Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini.
If any of those players gets an injury at the start of next season, Liverpool could be back to square one in the respect that they are very short on the attacking resources they can draw on. Let’s not count Andy Carroll because who knows what will happen there.
The problem with Liverpool’s interest in Martinez is the financial angle. He’s a forward who is likely to cost well over £20 million, especially if Russian club Anzhi get involved in the bidding war.
Reports have suggested that Anzhi could make a bid of just under double that figure, which instantly strikes out Liverpool as a possible destination for Martinez.
That leaves the door open for Tottenham Hotspur who could come up with the cash, if Anzhi don’t come in and ruin the party. It’s very unlikely one of the best prospects in European football will go to a wealthy side in an inferior league.
Spurs definitely need a striker and they are lucky to have one of the most promising managers around in Andre Villas-Boas.
It’s almost a no brainer for Martinez because he’d be guaranteed of a place at Tottenham due to their limited attacking options and he’d more than likely have the chance to play Champions League football.
So out of the three Premier League sides linked with solid interest, Spurs seem the most likely to go for him but only if the price is reasonable and stays well below what Anzhi may offer.
Chelsea or Manchester City could come in with big bids but very little has been linked between those clubs and Martinez.
Where do you think he’ll go? Will he stay at Porto?
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