Martinez agent admits Juventus move ‘would interest’ striker

Date published: Saturday 9th July 2016 12:13 - James Marshment

Jackson Martinez: Linked with return to Europe

Jackson Martinez’s agent has admitted his client would be interested in a return to Europe with Juventus – just five months after his client joined Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Colombian striker joined the ambitious Chinese Super League side in early February from Atletico Madrid, but has failed to settle in the Far East and has reportedly instructed his agent to find him a club back in Europe.

With Juventus in the hunt for a new striker following Alvaro Morata’s return to Real Madrid, Martinez’s agent, Henrique Pompeo, told Calcio Mercato that the move would interest his client.

“The truth is that Jackson’s name is often mentioned, it’s a nice thing but we’d like something a bit more tangible,” he said. “We’re not used to such a situation, so we wait.”

When asked more specifically about Juntus, he added: “We’ve heard of Juventus’ interest, it’d be a fantastic destination. They’ve been dominating the Serie A for years, it’s one of the top clubs in the world. They haven’t contacted me, we’ll see.”

He added: “We haven’t received any official offers, I’ve arrived in Europe to work on this. Jackson is very grateful to the club but he wants to play in Europe again, we’re looking for a solution that won’t damage Guangzhou, who invested a lot of money to bring him to the Chinese Premier League.

“I can’t deny that the Serie A is one of Jackson’s favourite leagues. He’d be very excited to measure himself with it. We’ll see, all these rumours are just that for the moment.”

Martinez has also been linked with a move to AC Milan, but Pompeo isn’t sure if they remain interested.

“He was one of their targets last summer, I don’t know if he still is,” he concluded.

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