Arsenal have been hit by the news that Porto star Jackson Martinez is going to join AC Milan for €35 million pending a medical, according to GianlucaDiMarzio.com.
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The Gunners had been linked to the striker by the Daily Mirror, but they have now been disappointed in their endeavours. Manager Arsene Wenger will now have to look elsewhere if he still wants to sign a striker. With doubts over both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott up front it may be necessary for the Frenchman to do so if he wants to challenge Chelsea for the Champions League next time round.
Martinez has a brilliant record for Porto over the last three seasons, scoring 81 goals in 117 appearances for the Primeira Liga side. This will be good news for the Rossoneri, who struggled to score as freely as they would have hoped in the last campaign. They only managed 56 goals in the 38 matches as they finished a disappointing tenth in Serie A.
This news could also mean an end to the Italian side’s links such as this from the Metro with Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli. With one striker already signed it could mean they drop their interest and leave the Reds stuck with the forward who netted just four times last time round.