FC Porto star and Arsenal transfer target Jackson Martinez’s agent Luiz Henrique Pompeo has denied that a move to AC Milan has been agreed, according to the Daily Express.
The Gunners had looked to be out of the race to sign the 29-year-old when it was reported that he had agreed a move to join the Rossoneri. ESPN were just one source to report that a deal had been agreed, with Porto accepting a €35 million fee to offload the Colombian hitman.
However, it now seems that the deal is yet to be 100 percent ratified, with nothing yet agreed between the two parties.
Pompeo said: “Jackson didn’t say anything about Milan because there was no need to. Nothing has been decided yet. I am the only person who will speak about this during the tournament [the striker is currently on international duty with Colombia at the Copa America].
“Jackson is not just sitting around on his couch at home. He is concentrated on his work with Colombia in the Copa America. This is his absolute priority right now and I can say he is absolutely relaxed.”
The Colombian has a fine goal-scoring record both internationally and domestically.
The striker has ten goals in 36 appearances for his country and 92 in 132 for his club. It is worth noting, however, that the Portuguese giants do play a lot of weaker sides in the Primeira Liga, so his Colombia record may be a more accurate indication of his genuine quality.
The North London club are in need of a top quality forward if they are going to challenge for the Premier League next season. There have always been doubts about Olivier Giroud up front, and it is undecided whether Theo Walcott is better on the wing or centrally.
Arsene Wenger has also been linked with a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, although it remains to be seen whether he would part with the £72.4 million it would take to bring the Argentine hitman to the Emirates Stadium [Metro].