Reports suggest that Porto striker Jackson Martinez is waiting for Arsenal to bid for his future after a seemingly done deal taking him to AC Milan fell apart.
An article from The Express, subsequently regurgitated in the Metro, cites quotes from the Colombian made with regards to the Gunners last Friday, that read as follows:
“It’s a big club in one of the best leagues in the world. We have to see if an offer will become a reality or not.
“The day we’ll know where my future goes is near. I still haven’t decided, as I’m focused on the Copa America right now.”
Subsequent to that quotation it has been revealed that AC Milan have formally withdrawn from their pursuit of the Porto predator, with Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani telling Gazetta dello Sport:
‘If we save €40m on Geoffrey Kondogbia and €35m on Jackson Martinez, we’ll have another €75m to spend wisely over the rest of the transfer window’.
However, the Daily Mail have been quick to nip in the bud any burgeoning excitement about Martinez’s imminent arrival at the Emirates.
The paper instead suggest that Atletico Madrid, rather than Arsenal, are the goalscorer’s preferred destination:
“An agreement was put in place last week for Milan to trigger the Portugal club’s €35million release clause for the player but since then Martinez has decided Spain, rather than Italy, is his preferred destination, with Atletico turning his head with their pursuit.”
Arsenal are as long as 9/1 to stable the star come the conclusion of the next transfer window, with Los Colchoneros just 3/10 in the same market.
This chimes in with reports from Portuguese publication A Bola, two days previously, that suggested that Atletico were, like Milan, willing to pay the £35m trigger, prompting Mario Mandzukic’s departure to Juventus.
Given the Croatian is understood to be undergoing a medical in Turin by the Guardian as of 50 minutes ago it could well be reasoned that Atleti are confident of getting their man.