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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The Unbeaten In Manchester Season

By Goonerholic

I saw talk before the match of Arsene setting up to go with an attacking gameplay having secured victories at City and United this season playing a much more compact game than usual. It was no surprise, given those two results, that once again we set our stall at Old Trafford to defend first and foremost, and look to hit the home side on the counter.

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