Inter have plan to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to €40m striker - report

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Inter reportedly have a strategy to lure Jackson Martinez to San Siro.

By now Jackson Martinez’s talent requires no introduction - there are no secrets as to why he is a wanted man.

The Colombian has run defences ragged since joining Porto in 2012, boasting an impressive record of 56 goals in 86 appearances across all competitions for the Dragoes.

Last summer the prolific striker evaded all suitors but remains in the line of fire for top clubs in the upcoming transfer window.

Arsenal and Chelsea are each in need of a high quality addition up front and have been heavily linked with Martinez - who is subject to a €40m release clause.

As well, reports from Italy claimed a fortnight ago that AS Roma would compete for his signature courtesy of revenue from Champions League qualification.

But the peninsula’s press has now produced a fresh potential destination, Inter, outlining how the struggling giants could trump rivals for Martinez’s signature.

Mediaset claim that the Nerazzurri have put an offer of €27m plus bonuses on the table - less than his release clause but still considerable.

And former Inter player and current team manager Ivan Cordoba, Martinez’s countryman, has reportedly spoken to the 27-year-old to convince him to join up.

Inter are under new ownership but don’t possess the same financial clout they once did, so would need to offload players to get their man.

According to Mediaset, goalkeeper Samir Handanovic will be sold to raise funds whilst top earner Diego Milito’s hefty contract will expire in June.

The pair of departures would put Inter in a position to afford Martinez without breaking the bank as president Erick Thohir and company are keen to balance the books.

From an outside perspective, a number of pieces would need to fail into the place for this deal to go through the way it has been described.

Though if Inter’s intentions are indeed to follow the prescribed plan, Martinez’s arrival at San Siro certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

That is, if they can persuade him the club’s project is worth missing out on at least a season’s worth of Champions League football for.

Champions League football that Arsenal, Chelsea and AS Roma could all foreseeably provide.

But if everything comes together for Inter, a sought-after talent could seemingly be on his way to Appiano Gentile - as it looks the Nerazzurri have already put their plan in motion.

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