FC Porto Open Fresh Contract Talks With Striker Jackson Martinez

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Porto striker Jackson Martinez is set to open talks with the club over a fresh deal to keep him there despite heavy speculation linking him elsewhere this summer, Sky Sports reports.

The 26-year-old bagged 31 goals in 40 games for the Portuguese champions last season and had been interesting the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Fiorentina, though last week Andre Villas-Boas denied that he would be following up on any interest after the club refused to budge on their €40 million valuation.

Speculation has cooled recently, and the player’s agent, Luis Manuel Manso, claims that he expects talks over a new deal to begin shortly.

Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Manso said: “We don’t want to turn Jackson [Martinez] into an inaccessible player.

“We want to renew his contract but keep more or less the same conditions.

“I don’t know for how many more years, we will only know after we all talk.”

It is believed that Porto are reportedly hoping to increase Martinez’s salary, the length of his contract and the buyout fee – driving up his valuation even further.

Martinez also has eight goals in 18 appearances for the Colombian national team and has become an established figure in their quest to make it to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

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