Arsenal Eye £33.2m-Rated South American Striker

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Colombian has a £33.2m release clause in his contract at the Dragao that runs until June 2016. 

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Premier League leaders Arsenal will shift their attacking focus towards prolific FC Porto front man Jackson Martinez if the north London club fail in their efforts to persuade La Liga giants Real Madrid to loan them youngster Alvaro Morata until the end of this season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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The Gunners have now made the addition of a new forward their number one priority for the January transfer window following the recent spate of injuries which have affected a number of their key attackers, including the likes of in-form France international Olivier Giroud, back-up marksman Nicklas Bendtner and now also Englishman Theo Walcott.

As a result, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger reopened talks with los Blancos on Tuesday regarding the possible six-month loan capture of their highly rated striker Morata, however, the north Londoners are not thought to be confident of being able to lure the Spain Under-21 international to the Emirates this month.

And if those fears do prove correct, then it is understood that the Frenchman will instead switch his attention to Porto’s Colombia international, a player who has netted an impressive 49 goals in just 64 matches for the Portuguese champions in his first 18 months at the Dragao.

 

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