Porto will only allow Jackson Martinez to leave if any club can meet his buy-out clause.
The 27-year-old Colombian striker played well at World Cup 2014 and during his time at Porto — 23 goals for Porto in 40 appearances in all competitions during the 2013/2014 season according to WhoScored — and has since been linked with a move away from the Portuguese league.
However, Porto director general Antero Henrique told O Jogo that “Jackson will only leave Porto for his release clause,” which is believed to be £32 million ($54.2 million).
This means that clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, AC Milan, Roma, and Valencia could be deterred from making a move for Martinez.
Of the three English Premier League sides, Martinez is most in favor of joining Arsenal.
“I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid – I love their style of play,” said Martinez.
“It’s flowing and open with a lot of first touch passes.
“It would be suitable for a player like me.
“If I get a chance to play for a high level club like Arsenal I wouldn’t hesitate to accept it,” Martinez added.
Given that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger just splashed out about £30-35 million ($50.9-59.4 million) in signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, it is uncertain if he is willing to reach into the coffers for another big money move this summer.