According to A Bola, Jackson Martinez’ agent Henry Pompeo flew to England on Tuesday to secure a deal for his client to Chelsea, amidst speculation over his future at Porto and links with a number of Premier League and La Liga clubs in recent weeks.
Ahead of the January transfer window, as The Express also reported in England, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the front-runner to sign the 27-year-old striker ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool in the New Year.
“Reports in Portugal suggest that the Colombian striker's agent flew to London on Tuesday with the aim on negotiating a deal,” read the feature in The Express.
With injury suffered by summer signing Samuel Eto’o in Chelsea’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at Basel on Tuesday evening, Mourinho is expected to bolster his attacking armament in January with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba still yet to find top form.
Colombian international Martinez came into replace Radamel Falcao at Porto and whilst the club have denied he will be staying at the Estadio do Dragao, his 8 goals in 10 games so far this season have caught the attention of a number of suitors, many of them European elite.
The striker scored 26 goals in 30 league appearances in the Primeira Liga last term and is well on his way to emulating the success of his Colombia teammate and former Porto striker Radamel Falcao who has already been linked with Chelsea following an unsettled start to his life in Monaco after moving from Athletico Madrid in the summer.
Martinez’ contract runs until 2016 but it looks increasingly unlikely that the Portuguese giants will be able to hold him to his contractual obligations if an offer comes in for his £40 million valuation just a year after making his £7 million move to Porto from Mexican outfit Chiapas FC.
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