The path may now be clear for Arsenal to sign Porto striker Jackson Martinez, after the Colombian confirmed that he intends to leave his current side this summer.
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According to the Metro, the 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners, and while the two sides still need to agree a fee, Martinez suggested that his future lies elsewhere.
“I’m leaving Porto,” he said.
“I’m focused on the national team at the moment, but I’m waiting to see what my future holds,” he added.
The Metro report that the forward has a release clause in his contract worth £24.7m, although it is unclear whether the Premier League team are willing to pay that amount.
The news is unlikely to please everyone associated with the Emirates club however. The Daily Express report that Theo Walcott will begin talks imminently about a new deal, but would like assurances that he will be given more of a chance as a central striker.
And he arguably has a right to request an opportunity, having smashed a hat-trick on the final day of the season. Although, even if Martinez doesn’t join, he will still be competing with Olivier Giroud for a starting spot. The Frenchman recovered from an injury early on in the campaign, to score 14 goals in the top flight.
But, they will both have a task on their hands if they wish to cement a place in the side should Wenger get his man. Martinez has been in phenomenal form for the side that finished just three points off the Portuguese title. He bagged 21 goals in just 30 games.