Arsenal and Liverpool given fresh hope
Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have been given hope in their pursuit of FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez after AC Milan confirmed a deal would be difficult to finalise.
Reports emerged yesterday that the Serie A side were close to sealing a deal with the Colombian striker, but in a recent interview, the club’s CEO has confirmed that things could be trickier than first anticipated.
Martinez, who has admitted he’s leaving Porto this Summer, has a release clause of around £25million in his contract, and with both Arsenal and Liverpool prepared to activate it, he could have a choice to make throughout the pre-season.
However, according to Martinez’s agent, the striker’s mind is already made up about his next destination, thought to be the San Siro, but the latest comments from the club’s CEO could suggest the deal is not as close as some may think.
Adriano Galliani has admitted that clubs are interested in Martinez and it will go down to whoever meets his demands and wishes.
Galliani told La Stampa: ‘It’s a difficult negotiation.
‘There are a lot of other clubs interested in the player, his wishes will be crucial.’
Hope for Duo
These latest comments would suggest that the race for Martinez isn’t won just yet, giving Arsenal and Liverpool fresh hope in their pursuit for a new striker.
Despite Liverpool already signing Danny Ings from Burnley, Brendan Rodgers is in the market for another forward, whilst Arsene Wenger is looking for his first acquisition of the Summer.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt