Chelsea switch sights to Porto star Martinez

Porto striker Jackson Martinez has emerged as a transfer target for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho according to a source.

The Blues have been forced to look at alternatives strikers after being told that their bid to sign want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is doomed for failure.

While is it believed that Mourinho is ready to sanction one last move for the England man he has already started to line up alternatives.

Samuel Eto’o has reportedly emerged as a serious contender in recent days with the Cameroon International set to leave Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala a return to Europe could be on the cards.

Mourinho has of course worked with Eto’o before while at Inter Milan and is believed that Chelsea are keen on the former Barcelona man but have concerns over his age and wage demands.

The 32 year old is currently the highest paid player in football with a weekly salary of £200,000, something Chelsea would be unwilling to match.

That has forced Chelsea to re-think their options with Martinez now emerging as a viable option.

The Colombian striker possesses the physical attributes to succeed in the Premier League and that added to his striking prowess, he scored 34 goals in 43 games last season, has attracted the attention of a host of clubs.

Tottenham and Liverpool have been credited with an interest before but with Chelsea able to trump the financial rewards on offer at both White Hart Lane and Anfield not to mention able to offer Champions League football the 26 year old could be swayed by Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are believed to be willing to offer £25 million to land the 19 times capped International but with Porto holding out for £35 million a deal is still some way off.

Matters could be complicated further with less than two weeks remaining in the transfer window leaving the Portuguese champions a small window to find a replacement.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.