Transfer new: Arsenal eye Porto star Jackson Martinez who has £33m release clause, if Alvaro Morata switch fails
Arsenal are in urgent need of striking options after injuries threaten to derail their season
Wednesday 08 January 2014
Arsene Wenger will turn his attentions to Porto star Jackson Martinez should he fail in a second attempt to persuade Real Madrid into letting Alvaro Morata leave on loan, according to reports.
According to The Daily Mail the Arsenal manager is reluctant to sign a permanent replacement for Theo Walcott, out for the remainder of the season, as he would prefer to save money until the summer transfer window.
However the Premier League leaders have been forced into entering the January transfer window after injuries to Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott rendered them alarmingly in need of striking options.
Wenger's preference has always been to wait six months to spend big on one of his top strike targets; including Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic, Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
With many of them looking increasingly unrealistic midway through the season, the 64-year-old will do his level best to keep costs down until then.
Colombia striker Martinez is a leading candidate and fits the bill. Possibly available on loan until the end of the season, the 27-year-old has a £33.2million release clause.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao exclusive: Forward says joining Manchester United is a 'dream come true'
Transfer deadline day: The best memes and tweets, featuring Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Bart Simpson
Radamel Falcao analysis: Manchester United have signed a top talent yet to hit his stride
Danny Welbeck signs for Arsenal: Gunners confirm signing of striker from Manchester United
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal takes transfer spend beyond £140m - SIXTH most of any Premier league manager
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Nigerian witch-finder Helen Ukpabio threatens legal action against human rights organisations
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain