Following quotes from the Porto forward's agent, it seems Spurs have missed out on another potential target.
FC Porto are quite the conveyor belt for outstanding footballers. No sooner has one left than another takes their place. And when you consider the players who left prior to this summer – the likes of Radamel Falcao and Hulk – you wonder how good they could have been had they somehow managed to keep them all, forging a dream team to potentially rival the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
It is all hypothetical of course, and as with all but the luckiest of clubs they had to sell to buy. But does there come a time when you stop selling off your best assets, when there is the threat of being spread too thin?
When you consider that the Portuguese champions have already sold Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez to Monaco this summer, and with the likely departures of Christian Atsu and Eliaquim Mangala to follow, they must be grateful for the quotes from Jackson Martinez’s agent dismissing the talk of a move to Tottenham…or anywhere for that matter.
“Jackson Martinez has always said he wants to stay at FC Porto and he does not have to leave,” his representative Luis Manso said.
“It seems strange that the English press push the issue, there really is just Porto.”
The emergence of Kelvin can (in time) cover for the loss of one attacking player. But next season could have been quite different to the last campaign’s success story had Vitor Pereira swapped Martinez for another admittedly sizeable wad of cash.
But it seems that won’t happen; which is good news for Porto but very bad news for Spurs. It has been said countless times that they are a striker or two away from being as good as practically anyone in the Premier League.
And following the wholesale departures from Estadio do Dragao, Andre Villas-Boas may have begun to hope that a move for the 26-year-old Colombian would have been met with at least a smattering of enthusiasm.
But instead the Portuguese champions look set to keep the man who scored 26 goals in just 30 league games last season. If that wouldn’t secure a team fourth place at the very worst, nothing would.
Of course next summer is another matter. And if Porto maintain their habit of selling at least one star forward every year, Spurs may finally get their man.
But the truth is they cannot wait that long. And while it won’t be Martinez that brings a smile to the fan’s faces with his arrival, they will be hoping they are not left wanting all summer long.
Having seemingly missed out on Martinez, who do you hope Tottenham sign this summer?
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