For a while, it looked like the future of striker Jackson Martínez was going to turn into one of the transfer sagas of the summer.
Just last week AC Milan confirmed his signing from Porto on their TV channel, but it was revealed soon after that he hadn’t actually put pen to paper and wouldn’t officially sign until after the Copa América.
The 28 year-old supposedly agreed terms with the Rossoneri on a verbal basis, but due to a lack of available facilities in Chile – where he is currently based with the Colombia team – he was unable to undertake a medical and seal the deal.
All of a sudden, reports then surfaced that Atleti had hijacked the deal, and that the player preferred a move to the Spanish capital. Today, it looks as if they may gotten their man.
Despite both player and representatives remaining tight-lipped when asked about possible destinations earlier in the week, CalcioMercato have exclusive quotes from his agent Luiz Henrique Pompeo this evening confirming the move.
“We’ve completed the transfer today,” he told the Italian site.
“Atlético are a big club, one that have achieved a lot domestically and in Europe recently, and Jackson goes there wanting to do great things and improve himself as a player.”
“We would like to than Milan, they tried until the end and we are honoured by the interest, but [Jackson] can’t be in two places at once. He is very happy and convinced with his decision.”
Both AS and Marca had already confirmed the deal, so now it looks as if all we are waiting for is the official announcement from the two clubs.
Atleti will pay his €35m release clause, which would make him our second most expensive signing of all time after compatriot Radamel Falcao, also from Porto back in 2011.
Reports say that Andrea Berta is in Chile and the contract is already signed, and will keep Jackson at the Vicente Calderón until for the next four years.
He scored 32 goals in all competitions last year and has 92 in three seasons at the Estádio Dragão, after moving from Mexican outfit Chiapas back in 2012.
The news comes the day after Mario Mandzukic’s departure, and after missing out on Carlos Tévez, it looks as if the red and whites have settled on Jackson and Villarreal’s Luciano Vietto as replacements.
Hopefully we will get official confirmation on both deals by the time the transfer window opens on July 1st.
What do you make of Jackson? Can he and Vietto help Atleti challenge for titles again next year?