Atlético Madrid have completed the sale of Colombian striker Jackson Martínez to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for a deal worth a reported €42million.
The transfer window in Spain slammed shut last night, but is still open in China in the midst of an influx of money that has attracted some of the biggest names in Europe’s to it’s shores in the last month or so.
UPDATE: Jackson was pictured alongside Jorge Mendes, Andrea Berta and officials from Guangzhou signing his contract with the club on Tuesday night. (see above)
Atleti are yet to confirm the deal, although it looks as if they have cut their losses on their big summer investment, making a €7m profit in the process.
Jackson signed for €35m from Porto last summer, but he has struggled both for goals and fitness, failing to hold down a regular place in the team and flattering to deceive when given the chance.
Despite scoring against Sevilla and Valencia, as well as against Astana in the Champions League, he has never had the confidence of Simeone and is looking less and less likely to succeed by each passing game.
An ankle injury sustained on international duty with Colombia back in November curtailed his progress and kept him out for eight weeks, and since then he hasn’t found the net. Overall, his record is a measly 3 goals in 22 games.
Interestingly, he didn’t train with Atleti on Tuesday with permission from the club, ‘personal matters’ the official line from the club. COPE say that he is tired of Simeone and his strict training regimes, and is looking for a way out.
Although unable to sign a replacement, and potentially forbidden from transfers until the summer of 2017 should the appeal against our ban result before June, the chance to make profit on a player who up to now has flopped looks to have proved too tempting.
Some reports had rumoured that we still need to raise money – many of which suggested by cashing in on Antoine Griezmann – to help pay for our new stadium, so this could also take care of that outlay if true.
The red and whites have Borja Bastón out on loan who could return to take Jackson’s place in the summer, an exciting prospect given that he has scored 16 goals so far this season for Saturday’s opponents Eibar.
Fernando Torres could benefit too, and if FIFA allow; a contract renewal for him would make sense given the lack of striking options we would be left with.
Selling players with no time to find a suitable replacement is nothing new for Atleti either, after the deadline day departures of John Heitinga and José Manuel Jurado in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Is the club right to cut their losses on Jackson at this stage of the season? Who would be your choice to partner Griezmann now that he is gone?