Jackson Martinez is the latest buzz in Premier League transfer this season. Reports are claiming that two top notche clubs of England, Liverpool and Tottenham are in a race to sign this Colombian international.
Currently plying his trade at Portuguese club F. C. Porto, Martinez has appeared in the transfer headlines few times this summer. His prolific performance for the Portuguese club last season has turned the attention of many club managers towards him. He scored 34 goals in 39 appearances for the club last season. Liverpool and Tottenham are both on the verge of losing their respective star players, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale. So, it’s quite obvious that they will look for a substantial replacement for them. The 26-year old forward can surely become a prominent replacement.
But alongside these two Premier League clubs, Serie A side Napoli are also in race for Martinez. Rather, Napoli are way ahead of the English clubs by almost securing the deal. But the player’s agent Manuel Manzo said that there are still some issues to sort out the deal.
“There is an agreement with the player. However, one with Porto is missing and they don’t want to sell,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“The only chance of a move happening, in my opinion, is if the Azzurri pay the €40m (£35m) rescission fee clause which is in his contract. Otherwise he won’t move.”
The Daily Express claims that the Italian side have offered only £28m till now for the forward. If either Liverpool or Tottenham propose a deal that matches his release clause of £35m, they can have him. Money shouldn’t bother them because they will surely get staggering amount if their star men leaves them.
Whereas Liverpool are keeping eyes on Jackson Martinez, Brendan Rodgers has managed to settle down things in the back front. Rumours are that the Portuguese club Benfica have come to an agreement with the Reds to release their left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo to the English club. The move is subject to the Paraguayan’s grant of work permit in England. This loan move has been the prologue of a permanent £8.5m deal that Rodgers could propose the Portuguese club later on.
Quoted by the ESPN and Daily Mail, Liverpool would have the option to buy the 22-year-old for around £7 million next summer if the loan deal was successful. Liverpool need to apply for a work permit to complete the signing, though, as the defender has only one international cap for Paraguay.