Arsenal face competition from Tottenham to sign world-class centre-forward

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Arsenal’s bid to sign Porto striker Jackson Martinez could face complications after reports in The Telegraph claim that bitter rivals Tottenham have joined the race for the Colombian international.

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The Daily Star cited reports from Portugal that the Gunners had already reached a deal ‘in principle’ for the striker but it would appear that their North London rivals are set to provide competition for his signature.

Spurs are thought to be in the market to sign another centre-forward in a bid to ease some the pressure on PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane and a move for Martinez would certainly signal their intent to challenge for a top-four finish next season.

The 28-year-old has developed a reputation as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe and has scored 32 goals in 41 games for Porto this campaign, including a goal in both Champions League ties against Bayern Munich.

Arsenal are likely to have the upper hand when it comes to negotiations as they can offer Martinez the chance to play in Europe’s elite club competition after finishing third in the Barclays Premier League.

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