Chelsea have a €40 million striker in mind should their bid to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United fall through.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho may have confirmed that he will make a further bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after the two clubs meet in a Premier League fixture on Monday, but already has a backup option should the offer prove unsuccessful.
FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez is next in line for Chelsea, according to the Metro, with the 26 year-old’s goal record and release clause positive indicators for the potential transfer.
Martinez has a minimum fee release clause of €40 million (approximately £34.1m), and the Colombia international scored a hugely impressive 36 goals in 43 games for his club last season as Porto retained the title.
Part of an exciting set of striking options for the Colombian side alongside AS Monaco man Radamel Falcao, Udinese forward Luis Muriel and Carlos Bacca of Sevilla FC, Martinez has 8 goals in 20 matches for his country.
The Porto star is a supreme athlete; 6’3″ tall with impressive upper body strength, great in the air, quick off the ground for such a hulking figure, and a natural finisher.
His physique, and the fact that he tends to play high up the pitch rather than drop deep, means that he would likely make Chelsea play in a totally different fashion to Rooney.