After months of speculation, Porto’s Columbian international striker Jackson Martinez has finally made a decision about his next move by announcing a €35 million transfer to struggling Italian giants AC Milan. In three years at Porto, the prolific forward scored an impressive 92 goals in 132 official appearances. Porto was the Columbian’s first and only European club so far, having previously played in Mexico and his homeland Columbia respectively.
€35 million is a large amount for a player who will turn 29 in October, but Martinez comes with a reputation. Physically strong and extremely efficient in front of goal, the Columbian will certainly add firepower to the Milan squad. The striker’s purchase is a statement of intent from the Rossoneri, but the squad will still need some additions, although announcing the next manager will be the most important decision to be made.
There are several options and many managers have signaled their availability, but it remains to be seen as to who would want to take over at a club at a crossroads, with uncertainty about the future looming large. Although Berlusconi has reiterated his desire to remain the owner, Milan will remain subject to further bids from potential investors. In this context, there has been some speculation about Chinese investors and, as long as the club do not show stability, the future will be in doubt. Milan supporters have an uncertain but intriguing summer to look forward to and at least, squad planning procedures have commenced.