Jackson Martinez Transfer News: Colombian Star’s Huge Porto Buy Out Clause Could Deter Arsenal

By Larry Ong
Larry Ong
Larry Ong
Journalist
Larry Ong is a New York-based journalist with Epoch Times. He writes about China and Hong Kong. He is also a graduate of the National University of Singapore, where he read history.
July 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

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.

Larry Ong
Larry Ong
Journalist
Larry Ong is a New York-based journalist with Epoch Times. He writes about China and Hong Kong. He is also a graduate of the National University of Singapore, where he read history.