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Atletico Madrid "have it bad" for Jackson Martinez - £25m bid tabled

An erstwhile target for Arsenal, FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez is reportedly the subject of intense Atletico interest.

Prolific striker Jackson Martinez, 27, who has terrorised opposition defences in Portugal on a consistent basis throughout the past season, has been limited to just one substitute appearance for the Colombia national team in the World Cup tournament in Brazil.

While formerly linked parties such as Arsenal, Manchester United, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have seemingly cooled their respective interest in the player, Atletico Madrid remain keen and, according to MARCA and Diario de Noticias, the reigning La Liga champions "have it bad" for Martinez.

So bad, in fact, that a £20 million offer has been made to FC Porto in order to be granted permission to enter contractual negotiations with the Colombian.

FC Porto, report MARCA, hope Atletico's bid acts as a catalyst for an auctioning process that will likely also involve Atleti's domestic rivals Valencia as the Portuguese outfit hope to raise as much as £30 million for their primary asset.

Considering Martinez's reputation as a predator… a highly useful and effective goal-getter inside the penalty area, should Arsenal or United reignite their interest?

Martinez will not hold discussions over his future until the World Cup tournament is complete.

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