Jackson Martinez Transfer to Atletico Madrid Confirmed by Porto

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Jackson Martinez will join Atletico Madrid after Porto officially announced agreement on the deal on July 1.

"This Tuesday, Atletico de Madrid informed Futebol Clube do Porto – Futebol, SAD that they will pay the release fee for player Jackson Martínez, worth 35 million euros (£24.8 million)," read a statement on their official website.

"I can confirm I am going to Atletico," Martinez said after Colombia lost to Argentina in the Copa America, according to AS on June 23. "I am going there for four years but I still don’t know when I will be introduced. I have had great progression, always learning, always growing and now I’m going to Atlético where I hope to help the team and continue to grow as a player."

The move to Atletico comes after John Downes of the Daily Mail reported on June 22 AC Milan had "formally withdrawn from their deal" for Martinez.

Atletico have gained a rumbustious physical presence at the point of the attack. Martinez is a wonderful target man, a brilliant technician and should have no problem taking to any league with a swagger.

There may be some detractors who will be critical of a move for the player. After all, Martinez is 28 years old. That means the Porto man will be under immense pressure to settle into a goalscoring rhythm almost immediately in La Liga.

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