Thursday 22 February 2018

Arsenal cleared to approach Porto forward Jackson Martinez

Porto's Jackson Martinez
Porto's Jackson Martinez

Arsenal have been cleared to approach Porto striker Jackson Martinez in the summer transfer window, reports The Metro.

The Colombian's form has seen him linked with a number of Europe's top sides, and Porto are already preparing for his departure by lining up Celta Vigo forward Nolito as a potential replacement.

Porto manager Julien Lopetegui is willing to pay up to £3.7 million for the former Benfica star, and the deal could pave the way for Arsenal to bag Martinez.

Inter and Roma will rival Arsenal for the signature of Chelsea's 32-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is out of contract at the end of this season.

The Mail claims Chelsea's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, will not stand in Cech's way if he wants to join Arsenal, but the keeper understands the champions would rather not sell to a direct rival in the Premier League, while Arsene Wenger is not certain that he wants a new No 1.

And finally, Arsene Wenger is ready to kick off his summer spending with a move for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho - and could use Joel Campbell as a makeweight.

The Arsenal boss has been keen on 23-year-old Carvalho for more than a year and explored the possibility of signing him last summer.

The Gunners backed off, however, because of Sporting's £35m price tag and issues surrounding third-party ownership.

These obstacles appear to have been overcome, suggests The Mirror, and the Portuguese club are understood to have lowered Carvalho's asking price to £21.5m.

Sporting have an interest in Campbell, who has been on loan at Villarreal, raising the possibility of a cash-plus-player swap.

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