The Portuguese club are allegedly struck by financial woe due to their early elimination from the Champions League.
According to the Daily Mail, Porto are allegedly considering the sale of their star striker Jackson Martinez, 27, a Colombian hitman who enjoyed a breakout season last year thanks to a terrific goal return of 34 from 43 appearances in all competitions.
Even though the Portuguese club began their Champions League campaign in the best possible manner by winning away from home against Austria Wien, they then slumped to successive home defeats against Atletico Madrid and then Zenit St Petersburg. In their next three games they mustured just two points and failed to secure progression into the lucrative knockout stages of the tournament.
Their five point haul was enough for a third-place finish in the group, consigning them to a Europa League fate (two legs against Eintracht Frankfurt awaits them in February), however, they miss out on the European jackpot of continued football in the continent's premier club competition.
As such, it is speculated that they may need to cash in on their most highly valued asset - Martinez, who has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £26.5m but Porto have long been known for their shrewd negotiating and likely will not settle for anything less than £35m.
Regardless of price, Chelsea must pay this.
It would significantly heighten their transfer spending for the season as the club already signed off on a combined £60m worth of talent during the summer, but their attacking impotency at the spearheading role is something that requires immediate rectifying.
And Martinez is the man to do that.
Last year was his debut in European football and he needed no time to acclimatise, no time to adapt as he averaged a goal/assist return of once every 95 minutes of domestic football. In total, he scored or assisted 28 times. This, on top of his three goals in the Champions League.
It was no fluke season.
This year, his return is one goal/assist every 96 minutes on average.
As a comparison point, Demba Ba scores every 285 minutes he is on a Premier League pitch, Samuel Eto'o every 464 minutes and Fernando Torres every 701 minutes.
By investing in a player of Martinez's ilk, then Chelsea would possess the firepower required to out-gun their rivals in the business end of the season.
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