Arsene Wenger is considering shelling out £35m for FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez.
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Arsenal are considering triggering the £35 million release clause that is believed to be in Colombian striker Jackson Martinez’s FC Porto contract, according to reports from the Daily Express.
Martinez, who was given a first World Cup start by Colombia boss Jose Pekerman against Japan this week and repaid his faith by bagging a double, has been linked with almost all of Europe’s biggest clubs since emerging as the latest explosive striker to bang in the goals for FC Porto.
The 27 year-old, like Falcao before him, first emerged in the domestic leagues of South and Central America, firstly with Colombian side Independiente Medellin and then Mexican side Chiapas.
He has consistently been linked with moves away from FC Porto, a club for whom he has scored at a rate of nearly one goal every game, but no club has yet taken the gamble of paying the huge fee that the Portuguese club require for his services.
Arsenal are widely expected to make a move for a big money, big name striker this summer, with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Mario Mandukic having been mooted as possible solutions for Wenger, but as of yet no signing appears to be imminent.
This could reopen the door for Martinez, who seems to have the cocktail of pace, power and technical ability that is required for success in the Premier League.