Porto ace is happy to stay in Portugal…
Porto striker Jackson Martinez says he wants to stay at Porto, despite rumours that he could be heading to England this summer, reports The Express.
Colombian forward Martinez was brought to Porto last summer, and has been a complete revelation since his move from Chiapas in Mexico’s top league. He scored 34 goals in all competitions for the Portuguese side last season, and at 26-years-old, the only surprise can be that a top European club didn’t snap him up sooner.
“I am happy to be here at a club like this,” the deadly finisher told Radio Renascenca.
“I am enjoying the opportunity to play here, I want to repeat what happened last season and win more trophies with Porto.”
The news may not bother Tottenham too much, who are closing in a deal for 28-year-old Spanish hitman Roberto Soldado.
Liverpool would only be interested in Jackson Martinez as a replacement for Luis Suarez, whose future is still in doubt despite comments from the club that he is staying. A reported £40m plus bid lodged by Arsenal however may tempt them into selling the Uruguayan.
If this goes through, it appears Liverpool are running out of replacement options, with Christian Benteke staying at Aston Villa, Jackson Martinez seemingly staying at Porto, and Gonzalo Higuain moving to Napoli.
Porto do have a history of moving their strikers on rather quickly however, and did so with both Falcao and Hulk in recent years. They are notorious for receiving enlarged transfer fees though, which could put off both Spurs and Liverpool.