Reportedly the target of a number of Premier League sides, Jackson Martinez has now been linked with a move to Turkey.
They wouldn’t be the only ones, as the striker is one of the hottest properties in football and has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs including both Manchester sides, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Following his summer move from Mexican side Jaguares Martinez has been outstanding for Porto, scoring 26 goals in 34 games.
It is a record that has prompted him to be spoken of in the same breath as the world’s best strikers, and whether or not that is justified, it is clear the 26-year-old knows where the goal is.
Eyebrows were raised when Galatasaray signed both Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder in January, and yet they shouldn’t have been.
The Turkish side have been an almost-constant presence in the Champions League since its inception. And while they have never made it past the quarter-finals, the signs point to a side wishing to move on from domestic dominance and attempt a crack at the big time.
Friday’s report suggests Galatasaray will offer over €35million for Martinez, and that the main competition for his services may come from Russia rather than England.
It is a suggestion that points to a financial shift we have seen coming for some time.
Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg secured two reported Premier League targets in Hulk and Axel Witsel last summer for a combined fee of £64million.
While the differing tax tariffs between England and Turkey mean clubs from the latter country are able to offer financial packages often too hard to turn down.
For now it remains a rumour, but we appear to be approaching a time in football when England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany can no longer be called the biggest leagues in football.
While Portugal continue to produce or introduce quality players, and the likes of Turkey and Russia offer money out of reach for many other sides, English clubs should prepare to lose at least some of their targets not just to La Liga, but to the countries we may not have previously considered; which in truth is exactly as it should be.
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