Reports at the start of the month claimed Arsenal had made FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez their top January target. And given his goal-scoring record, that was no surprise.
The Colombian netted 26 goals in just 30 league matches last season, and he has 18 in 25 in all competitions this campaign. In short, he is a natural goal-scorer who could propel Arsenal to the next level.
Martinez came out just a few days ago to pledge his immediate future to his current club. But the latest story coming from Portugal suggests he could be there for the long haul; or at least that it may about to become a lot harder to sign him.
The player’s representative, Luis Manuel Manso, is quoted by A Bola as saying, “It’s okay, I travel to Porto in a week to deal with the renewal. Yes, there is already an agreement in place.”
The player already has a contract that runs until the summer of 2016 – which contains a reported release-clause of €40million – so any improvement on that deal could well see that fee rise as a result.
That is not to say the striker definitely won't be on the move next summer. He has already voiced his admiration for Arsenal’s style of play and said he would consider a move there if the opportunity arose.
But if he does sign a new deal at Porto, Arsene Wenger may have to ask himself how much he is ultimately prepared to spend
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