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Sunday, 08 July 2012 21:17

FC Porto complete Jackson Martinez signing

Dragons snap up “new Falcao”

Jackson MartinezFC Porto have signed Colombian striker Jackson Martinez, paying Mexican club Jaguares just under nine million euros for his services. The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year contract, which includes a release clause of €40 million.

After several weeks of speculation the transfer is now official, pending the medical tests. Martinez described it as “the opportunity I have been waiting for and which I consider a huge blessing.”

The forward added that he had sought advice from compatriot Radamel Falcao about FC Porto, who had given him “the highest recommendations about the city and the club.”

If Martinez can make a similar impact to El Tigre at the Estádio do Dragão, he will soon become a big favourite among Porto fans.

Former Colombia national team manager, Leonel Álvarez, who worked with both Falcao and Martinez, believes Porto’s new signing will do just that. 

“I believe Jackson will score as many goals as Falcao did at Porto,” he said. “Of course, it will depend on the players he has around him, but if he has the same conditions as Falcao I’m certain he’ll enjoy the same amount of success.

“They are two players with completely different assets, but in one aspect they are exactly the same - they both score lots of goals,” Álvarez told Portuguese sports daily O Jogo.

by Tom Kundert
 
Comments (5)
Re: Colombian Signing
5 Monday, 09 July 2012 17:03
Are you kidding? look at all the things the South american signings have done for Porto, especially The Colombians and Brazilians; Falcao and Guarin have left, but its thanks to them that Porto won the Europa and portuguese league, The only Colombian at Porto at the moment is James Rodriguez, who is only 20 years old and in my opinion the best player there, considering the number of goals he scored, and the way he stepped up when Hulk was injured.

If all Porto fans think like you, I hope James leaves Porto and plays somewhere where the fans will appreciate his talent.

I'm sure Martinez will score the goals Porto needs.
Thoughts
4 Monday, 09 July 2012 12:02
Ukra? Really? That's who you're going with?
He saw limited time at Braga, at Braga on loan, and had two goals. He didn't start at Braga.
Boy I hope they go with Ukra. By the way, Ukra mostly plays as a right forward.
Why not bring back Sa, since he'll come for free.

It looks like a good signing. It would be interesting to see how he and the team would do without Hulk. For me Varela has to step up his game. Last season was very disappointing.

As much as I would love to see Porto fall, s a Portuguese fan, I still want them to do well in the CL. Let's hope they can keep enough cohesion to still make a difference.the biggest shock for me at Porto is Pereira remaining. I know he won the league but CL and Europa showings were horrific. It's not always good to change, be careful what you wish for, but I really thought he was out of his depth.
I don't think he lasts the season, especially if Porto has major changes. Then again, those changes could assert him.
Porto
3 Monday, 09 July 2012 02:12
Great signing there I believe that he will be a hit!!! Next up for Porto PH Ganso I really think he will be a Porto player after London 12!!!
Força Porto!!! O time de Portugal os campeões
Colombian signing
2 Monday, 09 July 2012 00:01
Falcao has gained very successfull season with porto,,do they think that the rest of colombian are great?,,they just make me vomit..
who cares?i only concerned about Ukra's place
There are Janko,Kleber,Martinez,and Ukra...i bet porto won't start Ukra
I bet they would buy another cheap south american,if moutinho were sold
Ganso maybe?Pathetic dragons :-(
Good move
1 Sunday, 08 July 2012 23:13
From what I've read, Jackson Martinez seems like an excellent, all-around striker. However, if Porto sell Hulk and Moutinho, they'll be in big trouble. They are definitely Porto's 2 best players, so they'd be very hard to replace.

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