As reported all over the Internet, Adriano Galliani spent the week in Portugal, negotiating with FC Porto for the 29 year-old (he's still 28, but he's going to be 29 soon) striker Jackson Martinez, who's been on the Rossoneri's radar since last summer. Zio Fester's visit was definitely fruitful, as FC Porto's president has confirmed that the Colombian forward has chosen Milan (original in Italian here) as his next club.
Just a few days ago, Martinez's agent had stated that the parties were close to finalizing a deal, but Martinez's camp waited to make a final decision pending offers from both Manchester United and Manchester City. While there have been no official reports about those two offers, it seems that both teams attempted to woo the Colombian striker with a huge bid, but he's opted to reject them for the Rossoneri. As reported, Martinez's transfer value was set by his €35 million release clause, and Milan are willing to pony up that much to build a competitive team for the next season. The Colombian doesn't come cheap: Milan will offer him €4 million per season for about 3 or 4 years.
Jackson Martinez is a 6' 1" and 165.6 lbs striker from Colombia who's known for being a solid goalscorer. He joined FC Porto in 2012 at the age of 26 for €8.8 million after an amazing season - 20 goals and 6 assists in 35 appearances - for Chiapas FC in Mexico. Since then, he's been terrific in the Portuguese Liga and Champions League too: 92 goals and 14 assists in 133 appearances, an elite 0.7 as scoring average. His career statistics with the Selecciòn Colombia (7 goals and 3 assists in 32 appearances) are not as stellar as they've been for his clubs. This, however, could be d ue to his difficulties in finding a spot in the National Team's starting XI in his natural position, with stiff competition from players like Carlos Bacca and Radamel Falcao in his preferred role.
His physical characteristics are the typical features of a "classic" center-forward in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation, but he's much more than this kind of player. He has a great feel for the game and he's a better passer than he'd seem at first sight (14 assists in 3 years), so that makes him a great fit as a second striker - or even CAM - in a 4-3-1-2 or 4-4-2 formation. He proved he was the full package during the first game between Porto and Bayern Munich; here's the video evidence:
As is evident in the video, Martinez is very good at bringing high pressure to defenders and forcing turnovers. That makes him even more special since it's something rare.
Milanisti Should Be Pleased With This addition To Their Roster
Galliani's made a huge gift to all supporters with this market move, but there's a reason why they should be even more pleased. For the first time in a long time, a highly coveted player chose Milan over richer teams like Manchester City and Manchester United, and he to make that choice required him to turn down a better offer. Why? Because of Doyen Sports, of course. Nelio Lucas' company is known for being a "money machine", so Jackson Martinez's future will be economically safe thanks, to its collaboration with the new Milan. Is this the first sign of the "Mr. Bee effect"? Maybe, and Milanisti should be very confident after this new signing.