It could be argued that Chelsea are one quality striker away from being the complete team. And back in November, that striker appeared to be FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez, with reports claiming his agent had travelled to London to discuss a possible January move.
The Mirror claimed the Colombian striker’s agent held secret talks with Roman Abramovich’s trusted aide Marina Granovskaia. And despite the question of how any “secret talks” suddenly find their way into a national newspaper, it was a move – however hypothetical – that made sense.
Martinez is an outstanding striker who would add considerable threat to Chelsea’s front-line and give their creative midfielders a potentially world-class talent to feed.
With a reported fee of £30million discussed, while not exactly pocket-change it still seemed a very good deal if the player could transfer his form from Portugal to the Premier League.
And with Porto on the verge of Champions League elimination, the report claimed they would be willing to cash in on the player next month.
While Radamel Falcao is still linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, Martinez continues to show what he can do, netting both goals in his side’s 2-0 victory over Braga on Saturday, to ensure Porto kept pace with the sides above them.
His first was a tad fortuitous, as he controlled a cross with one touch of his left foot before striking it low against an opponent, forcing the ball to loop over the Braga ‘keeper.
His second was a simple close-range header to secure the points.
How Chelsea could have done with such a goal-scorer yesterday…
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