Linked with a number of clubs, the Colombian is a strong transfer target for Wenger’s own team Arsenal, as well as their North London rivals Tottenham. According to the Mirror and the Independent respectively, Arsenal and Spurs are planning a summer transfer for the striker, who has 85 goals in 120 games for the Portuguese club.
In that same Mirror report, there are quotes from the 28-year-old striker, who confirmed that he is considering his future and is ready to secure a transfer to a bigger league in the next transfer window. With all the interest from the Premier League, and Martinez’s seeming desire to leave, it would come as no surprise to see him turning out for one of two North London clubs come the start of next season.
Although neither club have confirmed their interest - with the media referencing the claims - Arsene Wenger recently spoke about Martinez in glowing terms, suggesting that he is a perfect fit for the Premier League due to his style of play.
Quoted by the Express, Wenger did not claim that he was looking to sign the forward, but said: “[He has] top physical strength, and is hugely efficient. He's the kind of player who can make room for himself in the box.
“He could play in the Premier League, Jackson Martinez, because he has the body to make the difference. He uses it in a very intelligent way, very short backlift and is a very good finisher.”
Due to his physicality, Martinez would be an incredible signing for the Gunners, filling a role in the first-team that is currently missing. There is no hulking striker who can play on his own in the Arsenal ranks, and it shows when the club face a physical defence. Although they will have to fight off the interest from Spurs, should Arsenal secure Martinez’s signature, they may just have found the final piece of the jigsaw in their search for silverware.