The Daily Telegraph has reported that Arsenal’s apparent plans to sign forward Jackson Martinez from FC Porto relate to the futures of three players.
The paper states that while Arsenal are open to a deal, they will need to move on Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell before the high profile Colombian can become a player at the Emirates Stadium.
Just how urgent Arsene Wenger will be about offloading players so he can bring in Martinez is difficult to judge, but he has always maintained that he will only sign players if he feels they are better than the options he already has.
Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are the current attacking options that he trusts and there is arguably a need for an explosive forward player to come in with the aim of getting 20 plus goals in the Premier League next season.
It’s unlikely to be a fast process and that raises the risk of another side coming into the equation to try and get an edge in the race to sign him.
The Daily Star claims that Manchester United are also an interested party and Louis van Gaal’s team are not afraid of throwing cash at transfers in order to get a deal done.
United spent big last summer with a deal worth around £60 million to sign Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.
If they have decided that Martinez is the man to replace the outgoing Radamel Falcao and potentially Robin Van Persie, the Gunners do need to get a move on.