Agent Claims Arsenal Want To Sign £30m Colombian World Cup Striker

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Gunners face competition from Valencia for South American goal machine.

Arsenal are “very interested” in signing Porto striker Jackson Martinez, according to the player’s agent.

Martinez is rated at £30m after scoring 20 goals in 30 league games in Portugal this season.

The 27-year-old’s value could swell further if he enjoys a successful World Cup, where he will be his nation’s main attacking threat following the injury-related withdrawal of Radamel Falcao.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur had both been linked with Martinez, while AS Roma were believed to be the favourites to land him this summer.

However, agent Peppino Tirri has hinted that Arsenal and Valencia are now leading the race for his client’s signature.

According to talkSPORT, Tirri told Calciomercato.it: “In Italy we have had very little contact, but for sure there have not been any offers made by Roma.

“There are, instead, opportunities abroad – Arsenal and Valencia in particular are very interested in Jackson Martinez.”

Martinez only joined Porto from Mexican side Chiapas two years ago.

He has scored 46 league goals in his first two seasons in Portugal.

Martinez has been capped 27 times by Colombia at senior international level, netting seven times.

His main assets are his pace, heading and finishing.

He has two years left to run on his current contract at Porto, who finished third in the Primeira Liga this term.

Martinez was the division’s leading scorer this season – and last season, when Porto won their 27th title.

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