Arsenal have missed out on Porto star Jackson Martinez, after the striker confirmed that he will be moving to Atletico Madrid this summer.
According to Sky Sports, the La Liga side triggered the Colombian’s release clause of £24.8m, with the formalities set to be completed once he returns from the Copa America, which should be in the very near future, after his country were knocked out of the competition by Argentina last night.
But, despite the loose ends needing to be sorted, Martinez was in no doubt about his next move.
“I can confirm I am going to Atletico,” he said.
“It’s all ready. I’m going to enjoy spending some time with my family for now and then travel to Spain to introduce myself to my new club,” he added.
The news is likely to upset Arsenal fans, as the Gunners were heavily linked with the 28-year-old (via Daily Star), as Arsene Wenger looks to construct a strike-force capable of sustaining a season-long Premier League title charge.
While Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have proved their goalscoring prowess in the past, both have suffered from injuries and periods of poor form, meaning that the club could really do with another marquee option to be able to take the mantle, and relieve some of the pressure upon the pair’s shoulders.
Martinez certainly has that quality, and bagged 21 goals in the Portuguese top flight last year. If he could have brought that form to the Premier League, then the Gunners would have had to be considered favourites for their first title since 2004. Unfortunately however, Wenger will now have to look elsewhere.