Lisbon - Porto's highly-rated Colombian striker Jackson
Martinez has signed for Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of 35million euros,
the Portuguese club announced late Tuesday.
The 28-year-old forward will replace Croatian Mario
Mandzukic who has moved from Spain to Juventus in Italy for 19million euros.
Martinez has been the top scorer in Portugal for the last
three seasons having joined Porto from Mexican outfit Jaguares de Chiapas.
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He scored 21 goals in 29 league appearances as Porto
finished as runners-up to Benfica last season
Martinez had previously agreed a move with AC Milan, and had
been targeted by Arsenal, before instead opting for a switch to Atletico.
A statement from Porto read: "Atletico Madrid have
informed Porto they will pay Jackson Martinez's buy-out clause - which is set
at 35million euros."
Martinez is expected to sign a four-year deal with Atletico,
who are keen to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season when
they will among the favourites for the Spanish league title, having placed
third last year.
He recently played for Colombia at the Copa America in Chile
where they lost to Argentina on penalties in the quarter-finals.For
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