Saturday 22 October 2016

Arsenal given clear run at Jackson Martinez

Published 22/06/2015 | 10:37

Porto's Jackson Martinez
Porto's Jackson Martinez

Arsenal have emerged as frontrunners for the signature of Jackson Martinez, after rivals AC Milan appeared to pull out of the race.

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According to The Express, Milan, who had been thought close to signing the Colombian international striker, will turn their attentions to Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani instead.

And Martinez, who is currently on Copa America duty in Chile, hinted that he would welcome a move to the Emirates.

 The 28-year-old said: "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."

Martinez has a £25m release clause, and would rather leave Porto for a club in the Champions League, something which could work in Arsenal's favour as AC Milan failed to even qualify for the Europa League after a dismal season.

Manager Arsene Wenger is known to be a keen admirer of Martinez and back in February said of the forward: "He has top physical strengths. Hugely efficient, he is the kind of player who can make room for himself in the box.

"He could play in the Premier League because he has the body to make the difference.

"He uses it in a very intelligent way. He has a very short back lift and he's a very good finisher. He's on the list of many clubs, you know that."

Elsewhere, The Mirror claims that Arsenal are interested in signing Leicester City winger Jeffrey Schlupp.

Aston Villa are thought to be the favourites for the player's signature, but the Gunners could make a late swoop.

One player though who won't be joining Arsenal this summer is Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

The midfield enforcer had been linked with a move to the club, but has signed for Inter Milan instead for around £25m.

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