So earlier this week we found out that Geoffrey Kondogbia snubbed a move to Arsenal to join Inter Milan for £28 million, and the Gunners have lost out on another of their targets recently – Jackson Martinez.
However, Martinez has now agreed to join Atletico Madrid, according to his agent, Luiz Henrique Pompeo.
Spanish newspaper AS, as reported by the Daily Mirror, claim Atleti triggered Martinez’s £24.8 million release clause, with the forward penning a four-year deal.
Pompeo confirmed the moved yesterday:
‘It was finalised today.
‘We want to thank Milan for their interest right up until the end, we feel very honoured by it, but you can’t be in two places at once.
‘It [Atletico] is a very big club, which has done important things in the league and in Europe.
‘Jackson is going there to also achieve great things and to bring the best out of himself to become even better. That’s his dream and he’s very excited. He’s really happy.’
So knowing Martinez opted to join Atletico instead of Arsenal, are you gutted we missed out on him?
Although he is prolific in front of goal and came at a decent price (£25 million), I’m not too upset about Arsenal not bringing him in as the Colombian is very much like Olivier Giroud.
So with Martinez out of the frame, this leaves Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema as out only other two options. If we manage to sign one of the two, then I’m sure many of you will forget that we were even interested in Martinez.