Porto striker Martinez hints at summer move to Arsenal

Jackson Martinez admits a move to Arsenal would appeal.

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Porto striker Jackson Martinez admits a move to Arsenal would appeal – after a ringing endorsement of the player from Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

The Colombian hitman has confirmed he will leave the Portuguese outfit this summer, where he netted 67 league goals in his 90 appearances for the club over three seasons.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked to the player, but reports last week claimed a move to AC Milan looked likely until the player himself insisted nothing had been agreed yet.

With Arsenal widely known to be on the lookout for a new striker, the club’s record goalscorer Henry has gone on record to say that he thinks Martinez would be a good addition to Arsene Wenger’s striker pool at the Emirates Stadium.

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And it seems Henry’s words have been noted by Martinez, who not only admitted his admiration for Henry, but also that a move to north London would appeal.

He said: "I’ve always had two players I’ve admired above all others: (Brazil’s) Ronaldo and Henry. So I’m very happy he made that comment about me.

"Arsenal are a great team, playing in one of the best leagues in the world."

The striker, 28, would command a fee of around £20million, but insists nothing will be decided until after Colombia’s Copa America campaign.

"I’m still waiting to see what the future holds," he added. "It’s not known yet but it will be known soon.

"For now I’m fully focused in the Copa America.

"Every player’s dream is to play where they can feel well and enjoy football, and that’s my dream too.

"Whether it’s in England, Italy or Spain, the most important thing is that my family and I both feel well and I can enjoy my football."