Arsenal open Jackson Martinez talks with Porto?

Porto's Colombian forward Jackson Martinez celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese Cup football match VSC Guimaraes vs FC Porto at Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimaraes on November 10, 2013
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Arsenal are understood to have opened talks with Porto over a £20m move for striker Jackson Martinez.

Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Porto over a move for striker Jackson Martinez.

The Gunners are thought to have been monitoring the Colombian international for the past 18 months as they look to boost their attacking options.

Manager Arsene Wenger has already contacted Porto in the hope that a £20m deal can be struck between the two clubs before the start of next season, according to The Metro.

However, it is understood that Porto could want around £35m for the highly-rated forward.

Martinez has scored 60 goals in 89 games for Porto following a move from Chiapas in 2012.

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta celebrates after scoring the opening goal via the penalty spot against Crystal Palace on October 26, 2013
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