ARSENAL have reportedly been given the go-ahead to make a bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez.

The Colombia international has caught the eye of the Premier League's leading lights despite having a release clause of £29million.

The Daily Star reported a couple of months ago that Liverpool and Manchester United wereconsidering plotting bids for his services.

But now, according to Spanish paper Sport, Porto are lining up a replacement for Martinez.

They suggest that the Portuguese outfit have set their sights on a move for Celta Vigo forward Nolito.

Arsenal are set to spend big in the summer, although they have earmarked Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin and Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech as their prime targets.

However, Martinez, who hit seven goals in Porto's run to the Champions League quarter-final, would give the Gunners the firepower they crave.

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