There are reports that Arsenal are looking at activating the £35 million release clause in the Porto striker’s contract. He was linked to Arsenal in January, but nothing came out of that speculation.
The Colombian, who has 46 league goals in 49 league start for the two time European champions, has a reputation for scoring goals everywhere he has played.
The fact, that he is stalling on a new contract being offered by Porto would mean his club might cash in on him this summer.
How would be fit into Arsenal’s play in the frontline. He is known strictly as a box striker who scores goals, but seldom comes up with assist. He had 20 league goals in 29 league appearances for Porto without an assist to his name last season.
In the present Arsenal formation, Oliver Giroud is the arrow head of the attacks and sometimes looks isolated in most games where the midfield doesn’t move up. But he always comes to life when he plays behind another striker in a 4-4-2 formation. Just like in the FA Cup final. With his gift to get assist with those flicks of his, he would be able to combine with the Colombian in that formation. But in a 4-3-3 formation, one of the strikers would have to give way for the another midfielder which will bring more to the comment’s of Arsene Wenger, who had said that he intends to bring in a player who would complement Giroud and not replace him at the tip of the attack.
With the news that Alexis Sanchez is still in the picture, it provides an interesting dream scenario for the club in terms of how the team will set out in the new season.
Alexis Sanchez can feature anywhere in attack, in the hole, in the right or left wing and in the tip of attack. What it means is that the potential of having the three of them on the pitch should the particular signings in Jackson Martinez and Alexi Sanchez come on, is very unlikely. As it will mean one of Arsenal’s key midfielders will have to give way.
Alexis Sanchez brings pace to any team and the physicality of Jackson Martinez means, it will be a combination of guile and brute force to the team.
The release clause of £35 million for the Colombian Martinez is a fee closer to the £42 million Arsenal paid for Mezut Ozil. And just £3 million short that Arsenal refused to pay for Gonzalo Higuian after Real Madrid shifted the post on the initial fee. On that basis, it remains to be seen whether the club will trigger the release clause in the Colombian’s contract.