After much speculation, FC Porto announced officially on Tuesday night that Jackson Martínez will sign for Atlético Madrid.
The red and whites have activated the striker’s €35m buy-out clause, and he will join up with his new teammates in the Spanish capital in the next few weeks subject to a medical.
Both the player and his agent had already disclosed the move, and now we are just awaiting confirmation from Atleti that the move is complete.
After Argentina knocked Colombia out of the Copa America, 28-year-old Porto striker said, “It’s done. I can confirm that it’s all done. Now I’m going to enjoy a bit of time with my family and then I’ll travel to Spain to present myself to my new club.”
“This move to Atletico Madrid excites me a lot.”
Martínez said that Falcao spoke well and fondly of the club and that the decision was a simple one to make.
Jackson Martinez had a poor Copa America, but so did all of Colombia’s strikers. In four matches, Colombia scored one goal. Ex-Granada central defender Jeison Murillo had scored it.
But one poor tournament doesn’t change the great year Jackson had at Porto. The Colombian striker scored 32 goals in 42 matches. Seven of those were scored in the Champions League.
In fact, Jackson Martinez has scored 67 goals in his 90 games for Porto, finishing at the Primeira Liga’s top scorer in each of his seasons in Portugal.
Now, Jackson joins Luciano Vietto as Atleti’s first signings of the season. It is expected that the transfer will be made official at the beginning of July.
Why July 1? That’s when Atleti will have the final word from FIFA in regards to a potential transfer ban.
Alongside with the two South American forwards, rumours have it that Yehven Konoplyanka will sign for Atletico on a free transfer. The Ukrainian wide man flew into Madrid yesterday, but it is unknown if he came to the capital for vacation or negotiations.
If Arda Turan does end up leaving, and it looks likely he will, Konoplyanka would be the perfect replacement considering, especially as he joins for nothing.
Other rumours are still placing veteran midfielder Thiago Motta on Atletico’s radar. And if Argentinean rumours are to be believed, Matías Kranevitter will join Atleti for €8 million and be loaned out to River until January.
No official confirmations have been made, but come July it is expected that the club will make the Jackson, Luciano and possibly the Kranevitter signings official.