Seeing Liverpool linked with a new striker has become something of a daily occurrence in recent weeks.
In the space of just a few months, a combination of exits and injuries has seen the Reds’ forward line become rather depleted, with Luis Suarez being the only senior striker in their current playing squad.
From younger talents like Theo Walcott and Joel Pohjanpalo, to more established marksmen like Didier Drogba and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar; Liverpool has allegedly been eyeing up a vast array of goalscoring talents. The latest name of that list of stars is perhaps one of the lesser known on the world stage.
Jackson Martinez, currently plying his trade in Portugal with FC Porto, is rumored to be the latest subject of Liverpool’s interest.
Reported by TalkSport, the Colombian forward is thought to have a clause in his contract enabling him to leave if a club can offer £18.5 million for the striker’s services.
Many a Reds fan may remember the club were linked with Martinez back in April, though their interest soon faded allowing Porto to pounce and sign their man back at the start of July.
While the move would certainly seem a positive step from the Liverpool management, is it the best option for the club to pursue? Based on the player’s performances this season, one would have to answer yes.
The 26-year-old frontman has hit 11 goals in 12 games for the Portuguese Champions so far this season, and in doing so broke a record previously held by his highly-rated compatriot, Radamel Falcao. But it’s not just the quantity of goals by which Martinez has impressed.
The quality of his strikes has been equally noteworthy. Take his innovative piece of athleticism to finish against Beira Mar for example, or his sublime piece of ingenuity in finding the back of the net against Sporting Lisbon earlier this term. Such skill and technique demonstrate the man’s natural ability for scoring goals and is exactly the type of asset that Liverpool so desperately crave at the present moment.
On top of this quality, the speed with which he has adapted to life in Portugal suggests that he could quite easily do the same in England, thus proving to be the quick fix that is required. The sheer fact that he has helped Porto fans forget last-season’s talisman Hulk with such ease speaks volumes of his impact at the club.
There is of course another side to the story though. Would Martinez be willing to leave Porto having only just arrived?
The fact that he opted for the Dragons over Liverpool seemed to be due to a cooling of the Reds interest rather than a matter of preference. Nonetheless, Martinez appears to be perfectly content with Porto, stating on his arrival that it was “the opportunity I have been waiting for and which I consider a huge blessing.”
Thus Liverpool may have to wait a little longer to secure their man, as he seems keen on finishing what he started in moving to Portugal.
As well as the interests of the player, there are also financial considerations to take into account. The rumored £18.5 million fee is a huge sum, and given the player's age, the club may be reluctant to invest so heavily in his services at this time.
Also, when one considers the fact that Liverpool could apparently have signed the player for a mere £4 million when they were first linked with him, this deal seems even less viable from a fiscal point of view.
While he certainly appears to have all the credentials that Liverpool desire, one would have to feel that in the grand scheme of things, this particular transfer appears somewhat less likely to come to fruition.
The Colombian would most probably be a huge success on Merseyside, and if he were to strike up a decent partnership with the in-form Luis Suarez, then the Reds would arguably have one of the most potent strike-forces in the division.
But when all factors are taken into account, namely money and the player’s current agenda, what would seem a dream transfer appears to be exactly that and with little chance of becoming a reality.
I may be wrong, but with other cheaper alternatives on offer, not to mention some of the younger options that the Reds are currently pursuing; the speculation surrounding Jackson Martinez’s potential move to Liverpool may once again peter out into nothing.
Furthermore, reports of interest from European giants Barcelona are beginning to surface, thus complicating the possible move even more.
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