Porto have confirmed that striker Jackson Martinez has chosen to move to Italian side AC Milan, despite interest from Manchester United.
After Porto club president Pinto da Costa revealed that Martinez had chosen Milan, AC Milan club president, Silvio Berlusconi confirmed that the deal was close to be finalised.
Interest from United has been reported from various media outlets but throughout the transfer saga, there was little indication that United were in a position to be considered the favourites to sign Jackson.
On Friday, Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Martinez had the choice to make about his future, saying that while Milan were favourites, offers were on the table from both Manchester United and Manchester City.
AC Milan President Silvio Berlusconi: "Jackson is very close to being a Milan player. We're in the final stages of the negotiations."
— Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) June 13, 2015
Di Marzio suggested that both Premier League sides were ready to trump Milan’s wage offer to the Colombian striker, currently on international duty at the 2015 Copa America in Chile.
Yet, despite this, Martinez has chosen to move to the Serie A. The decision from the player seems a strange one given the clear divide between English and Italian football in terms of the quality of the league.
What isn’t in doubt, however, is that AC Milan look to have secured the signature of one of the best strikers on the continent. Martinez has scored 92 goals in 132 appearances for FC Porto over the past three years.
He would have been a brilliant addition to a United side currently with a lack of prolific goalscorers. Radamel Falcao left after a season-long loan where he scored just four times while Wayne Rooney finished top scorer with just 14 goals. Robin van Persie could be on his way out of the club, having been linked to Juventus, Lazio and Qatari side, Lekhwiya.
So, it seems odd that United didn’t pursue Martinez when it was clear he was ready to leave Porto. However, Louis van Gaal is reported to be interested in Edinson Cavani, Karim Benzema and Harry Kane.