Whether the Arsenal transfer rumours claiming that the Porto and Colombia international star Jackson Martinez is the striker that Arsene Wenger wants to sign to boost the front line of the Gunners, we can only wait and see, although the Portuguese press seem pretty sure.
However, a Metro report this morning claimed that our north London rivals, fresh from their latest failure to finish above Arsenal in the Premier League table, are planning to hijack the move with a transfer bid of their own and have agreed to meet his release clause of around £25 million.
Now you may not see the spuds as any sort of threat, in the transfer market or the Premier League, but perhaps Wenger is worried about the possibility of them convincing the prolific striker and his Portuguese club that White Hart Lane is a good alternative to Arsenal because The Mirror is now reporting the news from Portugal that we have got the 28-year old forward to sign a pre-contract agreement before the transfer window officially opens.
Your guess is as good as mine as to whether these two stories are connected or whether there is any truth in them but with Jackson having smashed an average of 30 goals in his last three seasons, I certainly would not mind it if we did sign him this summer. Or would you prefer someone else?