Jackson Martinez makes record £31m move to Guangzhou

Date published: Wednesday 3rd February 2016 9:33 - James Marshment

Jackson Martinez: Linked with return to Europe

Jackson Martinez has said his goodbyes to Atletico Madrid after securing a £31million move to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

Martinez had been linked with Chelsea during the January transfer window, while the striker has been a long-term reported target of Arsenal and Tottenham, but the Atletico Madrid forward finally sealed his move on Tuesday evening. The transfer window in China does not operate under the same restrictions as the European one; a fact Chelsea could yet exploit with the possible exit of Radamel Falcao.

The 29-year-old Colombian has moved to Guangzhou Evergrande on a four-year deal, moving from Atletico Madrid for a record fee in Asian football.

Martinez scored only three goals in 21 appearances since joining Atletico from Porto in summer 2015, and the forward has now followed former Chelsea midfielder Ramires to the Chinese Super League.

“Thanks to my team-mates, the coaching staff and the people working at the club for the trust they had in me and the effort they made so I could come here,” Martinez told Atletico’s website.

“It has been an honour for me to be a part of this club, but I think the time has come to start another stage in my career. We have talked a lot in the last days and we have agreed that this is the best for all of us.”

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