Chelsea hope to grant Colombia international forward dream move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been unable to convince Manchester United to sell Wayne Rooney so far this summer, and it appears the Blues may now focus on other targets.
One of those – according to the Metro – is Colombia international striker Jackson Martinez, who has been a roaring success since Radamel Falcao moved to FC Porto.
The scorer of 36 goals in 43 matches for FC Porto last season, the 26 year-old hitman has been coveted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.
His release clause of €40 million (approximately £34.1m) would make him a similar price to Wayne Rooney, but with less of the baggage that the England striker carries.
At 6’2″, Martinez possesses great strength, height, and technique and finishing to boot. His attributes hark back to Blues legend Didier Drogba, and he would be expected to adapt comfortably to the physical football of the Premier League.
Indeed in 2010, prior to his move to FC Porto, Martinez spoke of his admiration for both Chelsea and their London rivals Arsenal.
“I’d like a move to English football, preferably to Chelsea or Arsenal, which are two teams I’ve followed since I was a child,” Martinez told FIFA.com.
Perhaps in 2013, that may finally come to light.