Porto's Jackson Martinez hints at move to Premier League
In recent years, FC Porto has cranked out some of the best and most highly-sought after talent on the planet, including the likes of Hulk, James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, and Raul Meireles. Thanks to whoever is running the brilliant scouting program at FC Porto, the Portuguese club has cranked out yet another massive talent.
Jackson Martinez, a 27-year-old Colombian international who likes to go by "Jackson," has had quite a road to the top in just a little over a year. From 2004 to 2009, Jackson played for Independiente Medellín in the Colombian Categoría Primera A, scoring 55 goals over a span of 136 games and leading the team to their fifth championship.
After doing well in Colombia for a few years, Mexican club Chiapas took an interest in the Colombian international and transferred him in in 2010. From there, Jackson's form exploded, scoring 37 goals in 80 appearances for the club in just roughly two full seasons, as he only appeared in roughly half of Chiapas' games in this first two seasons. FC Porto scouts spotted him, saw him being clinical and undeniably mercurial ability in front of goal and brought him to Portugal for roughly €8.9 million, according to Goal.
Since this move, Jackson has only picked up pace. 38 goals in 44 league starts for Porto means that the 27-year-old has now become a valuable asset. When asked in an interview where he would like to play, according to Sky Sports, Jackson stated:
"When I was a child I rooted for Chelsea and Arsenal. I think the best championships are La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga, which has grown much in recent years.
But I also really like Serie A and have many friends in Italy."
It seems like a back-tracked answer, as he specifically names two clubs he was particularly fond of when he was younger, but spaces out his answers to also include Italy, Spain, and Germany, most likely to make sure he doesn't ward off any big money pursuers. A smart answer, indeed.
Porto had planned ahead for this, though, knowing a prolific forward is always wanted by bigger clubs. That's why the buyout clause in his contract is set at £34 million, a number that's big, but not too big for semi-rich clubs. The number does seem to baffle Mr. Martinez a bit, though (Inside Spanish Football):
"My £34 million buy-out clause seems a huge amount. In one year my value has exploded. I did not expect to do so well."
Whether Jackson makes a move away from Porto before his contract expires in 2016 remains to be seen, but if he performs well at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil along side Falcao, expect to hear his name much more often during the second half of the summer transfer window.