Chelsea have struggled to score goals this season, and their priority in the January transfer window is to sign a striker, who can compete with Diego Costa for the place in the first team. Costa’s form has been inconsistent this season, and the likes of Remy and Falcao have failed to contribute when called upon. In the winter transfer window, it’s very unlikely that a world class striker will be available in the market that might prompt the Blues to look for a short-term fix to their problems.
So, the Sunday Mirror reports that the London club is looking to bring in Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez on a six-month loan deal. The Colombian international moved to Atletico for a fee of €35 million from Porto in the summer.
He has failed to replicate his Porto’s form at Vicente Calderon and has scored only two goals in eleven league appearances. His last appearance for the Madrid club came in the League game on November 8, and Atletico would be willing to let him leave on a load deal.
This deal would suit both parties as Chelsea are expected to launch massive transfer spree for their actual targets in the summer.
Jackson’s agent also confirmed the interest in his client’s service but insisted that the player is happy in Madrid. When asked about Chelsea’s interest, he said: “I cannot say it’s a lie,” Pompeo told AS when asked if there was interest from Chelsea.
“This is football and no-one knows what will happen in the future. What I want to say is that Jackson is not one of those who goes to a place if it is not through the front door.” He added: “Jackson wants to succeed at Atletico, [and] he’s going to do it, but it’s the club who decides his future.”
Meanwhile, rumours of Diego Costa moving back to Atletico Madrid refuse to die down.
The Brazilian-born has been heavily linked with a move to Atletico in recent past, and recent comments from Atletico’s president have done nothing to help the situation.
President Enrique Cerezo has claimed that anything can happen in future when it comes to Costa. “Right now, Diego is a Chelsea player, and he has to focus on Chelsea,” Cerezo told RTVE.
“But you never know what will happen in football, and sometimes players do return to their former clubs.”