Jackson Martinez is a name forever linked with a Premier League switch, with Arsenal and Liverpool most frequently attributed interest in the Colombian marksman.
Both have been mentioned in relation to £30m moves for the Porto goal machine when the transfer window reopens.
A slightly ridiculous strike rate of 72 goals in 106 appearances for the Dragoes is certainly laudable, but both clubs, especially Arsenal, need to invest their funds in other areas of the team.
Here are just three players based in the Portuguese top tier that would be of better use to the Gunners than Porto’s premier poacher.
Few holding-midfielders are as ferocious as Sporting Lisbon’s Angola-born destroyer.
The Gunners – 6/5 to beat Swansea – are desperate for an enforcer of this ilk and, while he would undoubtedly cost a packet – perhaps even more than Martinez – it would be money well spent.
With top level domestic, Champions League and international experience, the 22-year-old has already accomplished a lot and his tenacious nature would allow Arsenal’s more footloose midfielders the freedom to express themselves without worrying about what might happen if possession is squandered.
The Argentine performs a similar role for Benfica as Carvalho does across town at Sporting, but without as much aggression.
A scheming midfielder, the World Cup finalist could provide better screening to the vulnerable Arsenal back four too, but is more in tune with Arsene Wenger’s possession-centric philosophy – something of a Mikel Arteta upgrade.
Jorge Jesus last term described the ex-Estudientes star as the player he’d have the most difficulty replacing if and when a bigger fish takes a fancy to him.
With resources spread membrane-thin across the Arsenal rearguard department, a centre-back is urgently required.
Porto stock a potential solution to the crisis in Brazilian stopper Maicon.
Comparable to Vincent Kompany to a certain extent, the 26-year-old is imposing, quick and incredibly powerful.
He poses both the physical and mental attributes the Gunners sorely crave at the back, while he’s versatile enough to be stationed in the defensive wide berths too.