Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Jackson Martinez Deal Would Still Not Surprise

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

MALAGA, SPAIN - MARCH 13: Jackson Martinez (L) of FC Porto competes for the ball with Martin Demichelis (R) of Malaga CF during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Malaga CF and FC Porto at La Rosaleda Stadium on March 13, 2013 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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There are some transfer deals that tend to flitter between "definitely happening" and "no chance" as we approach the window. So even though Jose Mourinho quashed rumours that he was looking to bring in a forward in January, it would certainly be no surprise if the Portuguese boss snapped up a striker, if one were to become available.

A player Cheslea have been linked with over the past few months is FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez. As per John Cross of the Daily Mirror, rumours surfaced that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Martinez’s agent met in London last month with a view to discussing a deal.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 14:  Jackson Martinez of Colombia lines up ahead of the International Friendly match between Colombia and Serbia at the Mini Estadi Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images
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At the time of writing, Chelsea sit just four points behind leaders Arsenal in the Premier League title race. They have a settled back-line and a host of midfield players, but it is plainly obvious that the lack of a finisher is frustrating. The absence of a prolific goalscorer is hindering their quest to challenge on all fronts.

Mourinho has rotated his three senior strikers in and out of the team so far. But none of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba or Samuel Eto’o have been able to nail down a starting berth and the three forwards have netted a paltry four league goals between them.

When you consider Chelsea regularly line up with three high calibre attacking midfield players behind the striker, Mourinho must be hugely disappointed with the return from his strikers. The supply line coming from the likes of Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata is of the best quality and up to now, no forward has been able to take advantage of that.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02:  Demba Ba of Chelsea is substituted with Fernando Torres after being kicked in the face by Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at
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Mourinho needs a goalscorer, and whilst the Stamford Bridge outfit have been linked with an astronomical bid for Radamel Falcao, Martinez remains the more likely acquisition. 

And looking at his attributes, he’s exactly what Chelsea need.

In short, Martinez is a poacher. He is technically sound, no doubt. And his physicality and pace make him a real handful for opposition defenders. But his best quality is his ability to stick the ball in the back of the net with his left foot, right foot or his head. 

He carried a reputation for doing exactly that when Porto brought him in from Chiapas. And as is so often is the case, Porto managed to bag themselves a bargain. So far he has scored 34 goals in 40 appearances for the Portuguese champions.

Could he settle in the Premier League? There is no reason to suggest he couldn’t, especially when you consider he has adapted well from the South American to European football. He certainly has the somatotype for the English game and is not one to back down from a physical battle. 

Mourinho knows a new forward could give Chelsea a real shot in the arm after the new year. But of course he is going to back his current strikers.

To have publicly stated he is looking for another striker would be foolish and by ruling out any moves in or out, he will keep his current crop onside. But he’ll be looking around for options behind the scenes and Martinez is certainly a player who fits the bill. 

Not to mention, things can change very, very quickly in football. Mourinho himself knows this, and his insistence that Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne would both play key roles for Chelsea this season was without any substance.

Expect this one to drag on and on.


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