Arsenal suffer blow as Atletico looking to complete move for £25m striker

Atletico Madrid are looking to beat Arsenal to the signing of highly rated FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, according to A Bola.

The news comes after Juventus manager Massimo Allegri confirmed that Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic will make the move to Juventus in a deal worth up to €18 million, leaving Atletico a little bit light in the striker department.

It was said last week that AC Milan had agreed to pay the €35 million release clause in Martinez’s contract, with a Milan club doctor heading to Chile – where the 28-year-old forward is playing in the Copa America with Colombia – to complete a medical.

Though that doesn’t appear to have happened and Atletico Madrid are now looking to pounce.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with the Porto captain with Martinez previously admitting he was a boyhood Gunners fan: “I cheered for Arsenal when I was a kid – I love their style of play,” he said back in 2014.

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Martinez told A Bola: “Arsenal are a great team, playing in one of the best leagues in the world.”

Atletico Madrid have been known to do swift business with FC Porto in the past, with Radamel Falcao making the move from Portugal to the Spanish capital back in 2011.

Both Atletico Madrid and Arsenal can offer Champions League football after finishing third in their respective leagues, whereas AC Milan have failed to qualify for European football for the second season in a row.

That would imply Martinez has a choice to make between both Atletico and the Gunners, but any decision is likely to be made after he returns from the Copa America.

Should Jackson Martinez look to sign for Atletico Madrid or Arsenal?

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Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 1)

MLS Rumours

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is expected to leave the club this summer, whether that be on loan or a permanent deal, and America could be his next destination as the German “eagerly wants to try out MLS”. (REPORT)

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Premier League Rumours

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Real Madrid over the £81 million double signing of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale this summer. (REPORT)

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle for Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto after triggering his £14.2 million release clause. (REPORT)

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Done Deals

The Seattle Sounders have acquired 22-year-old Brazilian attacker Thomás Jaguaribe Bedinelli – known simply as Thomás, as a Discovery Signing. (REPORT)

Manchester City have sold defender Dedryck Boyata to Scottish side Celtic on a four-year deal. (REPORT)

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MLS RUMOURS

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PREMIER LEAGUE RUMOURS

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he likes Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, after the Chilean was linked with a move to the Gunners this week. (REPORT)

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Stoke City defender Robert Huth, 30, is looking to join Leicester City on a permanent basis in a deal worth £3m. The German defender joined on-loan in January and has made 14 appearances. (REPORT)

DONE DEALS

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