The speculation linking Porto striker Jackson Martinez to Arsenal took a new twist when Porto said that the clause of the Colombian striker will have to be met before the striker can be allowed to move.
Porto’s director general Antero Henrique confirmed this to Portuguese daily O Jogo
“Jackson will only leave Porto for his release clause.”
The 27 year old Colombian striker has been the subject of constant link to Arsenal over the past month, and with his buyout clause as high as £32 million, it means Arsenal would have to spend more than the sum they spent on Alexis Sanchez which looks improbable.
Added to that is the fact that, if such a sum is spent on a striker, it could prevent signings for other key areas.
Although, the sum in his buyout clause is high, and thus can alter the transfer budget of the club in respect of other signings, the aces still remain with Arsene Wenger if he really wants to move for Jackson Martinez as few clubs are interested in the Colombian striker in the Premier League. Chelsea have already secured the services of Diego Costa, while Liverpool have brought in series of strikers to their team. This leaves the coast clear for Arsenal if they intend to move for him.
The Colombian striker who scored 20 goals in 29 league matches last season has previously expressed his wish to join Arsenal which has inevitably led to his constant link to the club.
Guessing what Arsene Wenger would do in the transfer market can be an exercise in futility especially going by his comments after Arsenal’s pre-season friendly at the weekend that he is not looking at bringing in another striker when many were expecting that another striker would be added to the mix at the club.
The Portuguese club wants the clause of Jackson Martinez to be fully met before they would agree to any move for the Colombian, linking the stands of the two time European Champions and the comments of Arsene Wenger, it’s a scenario that reeks of a parallel situation that are opposite. A manager saying he is not signing a striker and another saying a clause has to be met.
Linking both stands together, the populist view remains that Arsenal still need a striker to challenge in the coming season, yet for a manager that holds a contrary view, the possibility that the sum of £32 million would be spent on a 27 year old striker remains a situation akin to looking for an Elephant in the Artic.