£30m Porto striker wants Arsenal move but will Wenger spend big to sign him?

FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal

The 27-year-old Colombian international has been linked with a potential move to the Premier League for the last 12 months, following an impressive season in 2012/13 in which he scored 26 goals in 30 league appearances for Porto.

He has continued his run of form this term in the Primeira Liga, scoring 12 goals in 14 league appearances after being linked with moves abroad in the summer.

The Colombia international has publicly stated his affection for Arsenal this week following the opening of the January transfer window, revealing he was a boyhood Gunners fan.

"I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid - I love their style of play,” he said.

He continued to reveal not only that he is an Arsenal fan but that he would accept any offer to sign for the North Londoners, who happen to require a striker due to injuries and illness side-lining both Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner.

“It's flowing and open with a lot of first touch passes. It would be suitable for a player like me. If I get a chance to play for a high level club like Arsenal I wouldn't hesitate to accept it," Martinez added.

That is certainly food for thought for Arsene Wenger, who smashed the club’s transfer record this summer to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, but will the French boss be tempted to break the bank again to sign the Porto striker?

There is no doubting his quality, and there is a strong possibility Martinez will eventually follow in the footsteps of his predecessors at Porto Radamel Falcao and Hulk, who left the Estadio do Dragao for huge fees to join other European clubs in Spain and Russia.

Martinez arrived at Porto in 2012 for a fee in the region of $11 million which equates roughly to £6.7 million, but the club have reportedly slapped a valuation of around £30 million on the striker – Falcao was sold for €40 million to Atletico Madrid in 2012 before moving to Monaco in the summer for €60 million, while Hulk moved to Zenit for €60 million in 2012.

Arsenal need a striker to cover for Giroud, that is the only certainty. But Arsene Wenger has hinted he could make more of a ‘stop-gap’ signing as deals for top players are hard to come by in January – the Gunners have been linked with Karim Benzema but that kind of deal is far more likely to be negotiated in the summer.

However, Arsenal and Wenger may have a hard time turning down the advances of Jackson Martinez who has all but said ‘come and get me’.

Arsenal do have the money but do they have the inclination to spend it? For a player of his quality, they would have to be very brave to turn him down.

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