Report: Manchester City willing to trump rivals for Arsenal target Jackson Martinez

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Porto striker Jackson Martinez is a player in demand.

According to fresh reports from Sky Sports Italia, Manchester City are willing to trump AC Milan’s bid for Porto ace Jackson Martinez by offering the striker high wages.

The Colombian international is a player high in demand this summer following yet another impressive goalscoring campaign in Portugal’s top flight.

With a release clause of €35 million, reports in the Italian publication Gazzetta confirmed strong interest from Arsenal but insisted the player had his heart set on a move to Milan.

As per Sky Sports Italia, the Rossoneri have made their move for Martinez and are now awaiting his decision over the next 24 hours, although the possibility is there of a late hijacking from Premier League club Arsenal.

“The Colombian striker is Adriano Galliani's top choice for the attack, tomorrow Jackson Martinez will decide if he'll head to Serie A or accept an offer from either Manchester United or City, who are willing to offer a higher salary,” the report states.

Martinez stands at 6ft 1inch and is both powerful and technically good on the floor, a perfect striker capable of spearheading a team such as the Gunners who play the lone-striker role.

Yet, Arsene Wenger’s men have seemingly allowed their reported perfect striker target slip out of their grasp and it would be a big blow to see him line up for a Premier League rival.

City have an abundance of strikers at the Etihad Stadium, and signing another to dislodge either Segio Aguero or January acquisition Wilfried Bony doesn’t make too much sense.

All the signs point towards Martinez moving to the San Siro, though with City’s financial muscle and determination to reclaim the Premier League title it’s not beyond them to make a big-money splash.

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