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VIDEO: £34m Arsenal, Chelsea linked striker nets benchmark goal

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Jackson Martinez handed Porto a slim advantage for the trip to Naples next week.

The Colombian’s name has made the rounds in connection with a slew of top Premier League sides, his first season at the Estadio do Dragao last term a resounding success with 26 top flight goals.

Tottenham were linked with a move for the move for his services at the outset of the summer after Chelsea and Manchester United had both been mentioned as possible destinations.

Martinez would eventually remain with the side he had only joined in July 2012 and go on to further strengthen his reputation with a Portuguese top flight-leading 15 strikes to date.

It was Arsenal - Chelsea also surfacing once again - that would pop up as a main suitor in the January scramble, the 27-year-old fueling speculation by talking up the Gunners with Arsene Wenger’s side in need of a front man.

Once again the window slammed shut with Martinez continuing on in his current environs, however, much to the delight of the Porto camp - even as rumours his £34m release clause will be met in the summer abound.

And on Thursday against Napoli - ironically also spoken of as an admirer of the Colombia international’s - he lifted the Portuguese giants to victory and accomplished a first at the same time.

Porto’s Italian guests contrived to miss a series of golden opportunities at the outset of the second half in the maiden leg of the sides’ Europa League round of 16 contest after a scoreless opening 45 minutes.

And as clinical men leading the line do, Martinez duly put them sword with a searing left-foot volley that left Marek Hamsik on his backside whilst trying to clear at the far post.

The winning strike represents Martinez’s first in the Europa League - five Champions League goals to his name - and sends Porto to the cauldron that is the San Paolo with a much-needed edge.

Watch the sought-after striker's dipping volley against Napoli below.

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