Reports have emerged stating that Chelsea are showing interest in Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez. The 29-year-old striker, valued currently at around £25 million, moved to Atletico from Porto in the summer, but due to injury has failed to find the form that made him prolific in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. The potential deal could see Diego Costa going back to Madrid, where he originally made a name for himself in La Liga.
The Colombian began his career in his country’s top flight, featuring for Independiente Medellin. Martinez broke out as a 21-year-old in 2007, scoring 11 goals for the club. He added 19 goals (in all competitions) the next season. However, his last season in Medellin was the most fruitful, with Martinez scoring 18 league goals and leading Independiente to the Finalizacion title.
Martinez’s performances led to interest from a plethora of clubs, and he eventually chose a move to Chiapas in 2010. During his first season, Martinez scored 14 goals, three of which came in the Copa Libertadores and were key to the Mexican club’s advancement to the quarterfinals of that competition. His goalscoring form eventually culminated in a transfer to FC Porto in the summer of 2012.
Whereas other players have failed in their first taste of European football, Martinez flourished. He finished his first season in the Primeira Liga with 26 goals, while also leading Porto to the league title. 20- and 21-goal seasons soon followed for Martinez, and he continued his fantastic run of form. In his three seasons at Porto, he finished as the league’s top scorer every time. When it was all said and done, Martinez had scored 92 goals for Porto in his short stay in Portugal.
Martinez earned himself a €35 million transfer to Atletico Madrid this summer, but has failed to live up to the expectations heaped upon him, largely because of being sidelined as a result of injuries. He scored just twice in the first half of the season and is now being linked with moves away from the Spanish capital.
Chelsea have endured a horrible season so far, and Martinez could be the lift that the club needs. He’s physical and pacy, but most importantly, he is a proven goalscorer. A transfer to the London-based club would see even more expectations and pressures placed on Martinez, and they would hope that he can be able to cope with them.