Jackson Martinez is still not a Milan player but it looks like the Rossoneri are willing to pay his full exit clause. There are still problems to solve, however.
Silvio Berlusconi said Milan will invest whatever is needed in the transfer market this summer and it looks like that for once there is substance behind his words as the Rossoneri in the last days have been in negotiations with Porto to discuss Martinez.
Accompanied by Nelio Lucas of Doyens Sport, Adriano Galliani flew to Portugal a few days ago and initiated talks with Porto over the impressive striker. It’s widely reported in the Italian press (Sky Italia and Gazzetta dello Sport to name a few) that Milan have decided to go all in for Martinez and are willing to pay his €35m clause.
There is one problem that needs to be overcome, though: According to FIFA regulations, the €35m has to be paid within 60 days, and Milan have been trying to talk with Porto about paying that sum in installments instead. Talks will continue today in this regard as Galliani is apparently in Portugal for an indefinite amount of time, until he manages to sign the Colombian striker.
Gazzetta reported yesterday that Milan have come to terms with Martinez over a four year contract worth €3.5m but Sky said this is not the case and the agent of the player Luis Henrique Pompeo also suggested that that there are still not there but Milan would be a welcome destination.
“I have been called to any meeting between Porto and Milan and there’s no agreement with the Rossoneri,” the agent said. “At the moment it’s business as usual. Milan? It’s an historic club that hasn’t won for a few years because of a crisis but with the new investors everything will be as it was before.
“Milan would be a good option for Jackson. I think the future will be defined in the coming days. There is no rush, maybe 10-15 days. It’s the right time for him to leave Porto, as Jackson said. It would be perfect for everyone. 28 is the right age for a transfer so Porto can monetize on his sale.
“Favourite league? Jackson has no preference at this time. Italy, England, Spain or any place where his football can be shown and appreciated. €35m clause? We respect the decision of the President if he requires the €35m clause to be activated. We’ve a lot of respect for Porto and the President’s decisions.
“What will I do now? I’m in Porto and I’ll continue to be here and word in a transparent manner without hiding anything because this is the best way to do it.” Talks will continue later on Thursday.