Arsenal target Jackson Martinez: Radamel Falcao told me to join Atletico Madrid

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The Colombia international has confirmed that he is moving to the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Porto forward Jackson Martinez, who has been linked to Arsenal for a number of months as per The Guardian, has confirmed that he has agreed to move to Atletico Madrid, the London Evening Standard report.

The Colombia international has been in devastating goalscoring form for the Portuguese side over the last two seasons and as such has quickly become one of the hottest properties in the European transfer market.

With the hotshot forward keen to find a new challenge, Martinez has penned a four-year deal with Diego Simeone’s men and will move to the Spanish capital ahead of next season.

The in-demand centre forward has revealed that he talked to compatriot Radamel Falcao ahead of agreeing to move to Atletico, who advised him to pick the Spaniards as his new club.

"I can confirm I am going to Atletico," Martinez told reporters, as published in the London Evening Standard.

"I am going there for four years but I still do not know when I will be introduced.

"Yes, I got the best references. At Atletico Falcao was a leader and I came to Porto after him and I was fine, I hope the same thing happens here.”

Martinez was given the nod to start for Colombia against Argentina in the Copa America quarter-finals on Saturday, but despite being preferred to Falcao in Jose Pekerman’s side could not influence affairs in a 0-0 draw.

The 29-year-old will replace Mario Mandzukic at the Vicente Calderon, who has been sold to Juventus by Atletico this summer.

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