Jackson Martinez and a €38m move to Arsenal, the story behind the rumours

Jackson Martinez is the latest one getting ready to roll off the end of Porto's conveyor belt. In 20 league appearances last season he scored 26 goals, so far this time around he's got 7 in 6. When the number of goals is higher than matches played it's something pretty special, even for a club like Porto who have made fortunes from the likes of Falcao and Hulk in recent years.

Martinez, like Falcao, is a relatively late developer. He's just turned 27 and is peaking at the traditional time rather than the new peaks we see around 22-25. There's no reason why Martinez can't go to play at the very highest level for another 5 years, not having a decade of 3 games a week behind him at a major European club.

He's a wanted man and with Porto being the masters of working the transfer market there's every chance they'll go for a sale this summer whilst his perceived value is at its highest. Arsenal have of course been linked, as they are with most top strikers thought to be available, but those links have increased over the last week or so. 

It was on several English rumours websites over the last week (101 Great Goals, Fanatix, Inside Futbol) and they said that Arsenal were lining up a move for the Colombia international. It's been rumoured in France, Spain and Italy too. 

The English websites all referred to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo as their source. O Jogo said 'The Italian website Tuttomercatoweb adds the name of the London club to the list of suitors, seen as an alternative to Olivier Giroud.'

So from English websites we go to a Portuguese newspaper and then to Tuttomercatoweb. The Italian website said 'According to several Spanish media reports, the Gunners are thinking of Jackson Martinez.'

From English rumour websites to a Portuguese newspaper to an Italian rumour website and then Spanish media. Naturally, we had a look to see which Spanish media reports it was which prompted all of this. But the report in Spain came from Todomercadoweb, the Spanish sister website of Tuttomercatoweb.

It would appear that the TMW group is taking everyone for a ride on this one. To add to their initial reports, the Italian version of their website yesterday repeated the rumour, with a fee of €38m, but said it was according to Portuguese reports (which came from them) and the Spanish version today pushed the exact same line, already picked up by various English websites. 

So, an Italian website starts a rumour in conjunction with its Spanish cousin and then watches it develop before reporting on the reporting of the rumour which they had started. Is it any wonder people don't trust transfer rumours?

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