Arsenal must move fast for 117-goal target or risk losing him to reported Spanish suitors

Reportedly a target for Arsenal, Jackson Martinez is said to be first-choice for Spanish side Valencia.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of strikers already this summer, but few are as prolific as FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez. In fact of all the front-men tipped to move to the Emirates it is the Colombian and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic who are clearly the best of those potentially available.

Martinez netted 29 times for his club last season, and scored a total of 50 goals in the last two domestic campaigns.

When you consider what he could bring to Arsene Wenger’s side, it is no surprise he is so regularly linked with a switch to the Etihad.

But now he is reportedly the first-choice of Valencia’s new owner Peter Lim, leaving Arsenal with a potential decision to make.

Do they bid for the prolific 27-year-old or allow him to move elsewhere unchallenged. After all, his talent and form is such that he is likely to leave Porto before long.

But there is an alternative that could see Arsenal get Martinez and Valencia still bring in a quality frontman; because Super Deporte claims the second name on the Spanish side’s wanted-list is Chelsea front-man Romelu Lukaku.

The young Belgian’s name is certainly doing the rounds in the rumour-mill right now, with Atletico Madrid also tipped to bring him to La Liga. But according to the report, Valencia will only make their move for Lukaku if they fail to sign Martinez.

So, Mr Wenger, is it time to make a move for a player who has netted 117 club goals to date and who would potentially turn Arsenal into champions once more?

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