It’s a huge risk for Liverpool to take considering their limited budget and the fact that Brendan Rodgers has other areas of the squad he needs to improve this summer, but it could be a risk which pays off big time.
Martinez is one of the most prolific goalscorers in European football at the moment and a player who could easily score goals freely in a very creative and free flowing current Liverpool side.
The fact he’s scored so many goals, 25 in 28 matches to be precise, this season is the main reason that plenty of clubs seem to be interested in him but what it comes down to is who is willing to take the risk.
Martinez has a market value of around £13 million which is based around the fact this is just his first season in European football. His real value is likely to be much higher, especially if more than one club tries to sign him.
He could easily push the £30 million mark (roughly his release clause) which would force Rodgers to go cap in hand to the Liverpool board, asking them to sanction the move when they wouldn’t even approve a £10 million bid for Swansea’s Ashley Williams.
It’s the potential of what he could do for Liverpool which is most significant because if he can not only bridge the gap in Luis Suarez’s absence, but make Liverpool a better attacking unit, they could easily end up in the top four.
Rodgers has created an attack this season which has scored 67 goals in the Premier League, add another 20 goal striker to the mix and it’s very easy to get excited over what they could be capable of next year.
So how do Liverpool give themselves any chance of signing Martinez? Well, Rodgers needs a plan and one that will convince John Henry this is a move which is worth going after.
He may already have an idea of who he wants to let go from the club this summer, which means quick early sales to get the cash in, giving himself a better chance of increasing his transfer budget to buy players.
He also needs to get in touch with Porto quickly, before other sides can react. It’s likely that various scouts, agents and third parties have already been sniffing around Porto but Liverpool need to be one of the first clubs to go down the official route.
They then need to haggle hard but fairly because they will not be able to pay the top whack price that a side is always going to ask straight up, before meeting in the middle.
Rodgers then needs to convince Martinez to become part of the project at Liverpool because they won’t have Champions League football to offer him and other sides will offer better wage deals.
He’d be putting big pressure on himself because it would all be down to Rodgers to base a team around Martinez, Suarez and Daniel Sturridge that would become good enough to break that group of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
However, every indication is that Martinez could score well over 20 goals for most top teams around Europe and Liverpool should at least give themselves a chance of getting him.
Can Liverpool pull off this sort of signing?
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