Andre Villas-Boas is apparently set to bid £25 million for Porto’s Colombian striker Jackson Martinez. The 26-year-oldhas enjoyed a superlative first year in Portugal, netting 26 times in 27 games to help fire his side to the league title.
However Martinez’ release clause is reportedly closer to £35million, and with Porto already selling Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for £60million to Monaco, they are not in need of cash, so could well push for the maximum amount for the Colombian.
Before moving to Porto Martinez had a fine goal scoring record for Mexican side Jaguares, however he has never been as prolific as he was in Portugal last season, and a club record bid of £25million would be as much a gamble as a statement of intent from Spurs.
Another striker still very much on Villas-Boas radar is David Villa, and there have been some interesting developments in their pursuit of the Spanish forward despite his reluctance to decide his future until after the Confederations Cup.
According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Villa currently has offers on the table from Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, and the striker’s preference is to move to the Premier League. Spurs have apparently offered him a two-year contract.
Balague says that Arsenal are currently delaying a move for Villa, although they offered him a four-year deal in January. There had been speculation elsewhere that Villa already had agreed a pre-contract to go to the Emirates.
Amid reports that Real Madrid are lining up a world record bid of around £85million for Gareth Bale, the Spanish club’s president Florentino Perez has said that any move for the Welsh player would be an investment.
Perez also said that he had spoken with Daniel Levy last year, and said that the Tottenham Hotspur chairman had an obligation to defend his club’s interests.
Spurs have so far made it clear they have no intention of selling Bale at any price, and club legend Glenn Hoddle has said he thinks the Premier League Player of the Year would turn down a move abroad as he has a young family. Bale’s first child was born at the end of 2012.
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