'€40m is too much!' - Arsenal, Chelsea target's agent complains at price tag

Jackson Martinez's agent has criticised Porto's price tag, but remains hopeful a deal can be done for his client.

The agent of Jackson Martinez has explained why the Colombian striker is yet to leave Porto; he complains the price the Portuguese giants are asking is too high.

Martinez has a €40 million release clause in his contract, and Porto are demanding this be met for him to leave the club.

Earlier last season, Martinez rejected talks to sign a new contract, with an increased clause, because he did not want to be priced out of the market, but it appears that is at risk of happening anyway.

The 27-year-old striker has been linked with summer with Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan and Roma, but each club has been cash shy in regard of him thus far. 

Martinez's agent Luis Henrique Pompeo is reported by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo to say: "Porto asks for 40 million and this figure is unrealistic. There is interested and another month of market, so we'll see what happens."

It's a risky if honest strategy to take, for Pompeo may have been better served to be talking up his client, stating he is worth every cent of the money, and even how it is a bargain.

He returns to training at Porto next week and says Martinez does not wish to kick up a fuss, even adding he is 'happy' at the club.

Whether any side come in for him and pay the big money is questionable. His form dipped slightly last season, scoring 20 Primeira Liga goals rather than 26, yet a goal return of 46 in 60 games in two league campaigns is commendable.

What was disappointing was his failure to become Colombia's star man at the World Cup in Falcao's absence. He scored twice in a game with his side already qualified, but had to make do with a place on the wing or the bench otherwise.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently stated he did not want to buy another striker, but this is a stance which could be different had Martinez been on the market for a value he considers appropriate.

Chelsea's interest depends firmly on what they decide to do with Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres. If either are moved on, then the Blues will require another alternative to Diego Costa.

Whether Pompeo can somehow convince Porto to drop their asking price, remains to be seen.

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