25 Nov 2014

Epic Transfer: LFC favourites to sign €38m 'miracle' star after FSG okay huge bid

Earlier this month, The Mirror claimed that FSG have sanctioned a €38m bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, and new reports in Portugal today suggest that Martinez is now Liverpool's top January transfer target.

Liverpool are allegedly still in 'pole-position' to sign Martinez, and according to Portuguese newspaper Jornal Record today:

* The Reds are pressing ahead with plans to bring in an experienced new striker, and:

* Martinez remains top of Brendan Rodgers' transfer wish-list.

The story is front-page news in Portugal (see bottom right), and the literal translation of the headline is: 'Martinez desired in Liverpool':

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When asked recently about interest from the Premier League, Martinez told reporters:

"My agent is in charge of the negotiations. I prefer to stay out of it, but at the end of this season I hope to get some interesting offers."

There you have it, straight from the horse's mouth: Martinez is open to leaving Porto, and there will inevitably be lots of clubs interested in signing him, including Liverpool, who've been linked with Martinez many times over last year. Indeed, prior to joining Porto, the Colombian striker confirmed Liverpool's interest. He told Nuevo Estadio:

"I am not in any advanced negotiations with Liverpool but I know they are personally interested"

Since arriving at the Estádio do Dragão, Martinez - described by Porto boss Julen Lopetegui as a 'miracle' striker - has racked up some formidable creative stats:

* 72 goals/5 assist in 106 appearances.
* Once scored in 10 successive games for Porto.
* At one point, scored 18 goals in 17 games.
* Broke Falcao's record by scoring 11 goals in 12 matches for Porto.

Martinez fits the profile of exactly the type of striker Liverpool need to sign:

* Currently in the prime of his career.
* A track record of scoring goals at the highest level.
* Significant Champions League/International experience.

Now is not the time top gamble on young players between the ages of 18 and 22; experiences players are needed at Anfield, and although every transfer is a risk, signing a player like Martinez for £30m (€38m) is (IMO) a significantly lesser-risk than signing Mauro Icardi for €35m.

If Liverpool manager to pull of the Martinez signing, Daniel Sturridge's place will come under serious threat, but that's the way it has to be. Sturridge is an amazing player, but he is notoriously unreliable, and it's impossible t build a team around a player who is always injured.



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