Colombian striker Jackson Martínez moved from Porto to Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window in a €35 million deal.. Unfortunately, however, Martinez has scored a Fernando Torres-esque 3 goals in 15 appearances, something that has fans of the club wondering what happened to the former Porto man. With Martínez struggling to reproduce his past form, rumours linking the player to a way out of Vincente Calderón started to emerge, with Chelsea as one of his potential suitors.
Martínez's agent Henrique Pompeo says he can't deny Chelsea's interest on his client, although he doesn't see the player leaving Atlético in an 'undignified manner'.
"I can't say [Chelsea's interest] is a lie, this is football and nobody knows what the future holds, what I can say is that Jackson isn't a player who leaves a club unless it's through the front door."
-Henrique Pompeo; Source: AS via Sky Sports
Rumours linking Jackson Martínez to Chelsea go as far back as to José Mourinho's first season in his second tenure in 2013. At the time Martínez was still a Porto player with a rumoured €40 million price tag, a little over the fee ultimately paid by Atlético in the last transfer window to have him at their ranks.
In spite of that, Martínez's form isn't better than Diego Costa's nor it justifies any kind of interest coming from Stamford Bridge. Following the Fernando Torres' experiment, we can only hope that our board doesn't repeat such a mistake in the next transfer window, by paying a premium for an out of form player on the wrong side of his prime years.