£33million Colombian striker linked with January Chelsea switch

According to reports, Jose Mourinho could add Jackson Martinez to his attacking options at Chelsea when the transfer window reopens.

Many pundits predict the Blues will win a first Premier League title since 2010 this season, now that they have their Special One back in the dugout. Yet if they are going to get the better of the Manchester duo and capital rivals Arsenal, they will probably have to add more quality to their attacking options during the New Year.

This may seem an odd statement considering the players currently available to Mourinho, yet none have been prolific. Summer arrival Samuel Eto’o, whilst still finding his feet in England, has scored twice in eight league appearances, and £50million Fernando Torres has featured in the same number of games but has just one goal to his name. And Demba Ba, signed from Newcastle United last winter, is yet to open his account this season.

In fact, the most impressive striker on the Stamford Bridge books this term has been Romelu Lukaku, who was allowed to join Everton on loan. Having failed to score in two matches for Chelsea earlier this season, the Toffees took the young Belgian international for the remainder of the campaign and he has seven goals in eight matches.

Roman Abramovich is expected to get his chequebook out once again when the window reopens, and The Metro claims a deal for Martinez is in the pipeline. The Colombia international, who has eight goals in 25 caps for his country, has been plying his trade for Porto since they signed him from Mexican side Chiapas for $11million in 2012.

The 27-year-old has responded with 34 goals in 40 league appearances for the Portuguese side, and has scored twice in the UEFA Champions League this season. Although he would be ineligible for the Blues in Europe, the tabloids paper report that his agent has travelled to London to open discussions on a potential £33million transfer.


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