Martinez to join Guangzhou Evergrande

Atletico Madrid have confirmed that striker Jackson Martinez will be joining Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande for £32 million. 

Jackson’s stint with Atletico was a short and unsuccesful one as he joined the La Liga club for approximately €35 million in July last year, but failed to make an impact and scored just twice in 15 league appearances.

Guangzhou recently sold Brazilian striker Elkeson to Shanghai SIPG, and Martinez has now been brought in to bolster their stocks ahead of their AFC Champions League defence.

Martinez’s agent Jorge Mendes tried to negotiate a new deal with Atletico on Monday, but the parties failed to come to an agreement, and the 29-year-old was sold to Guangzhou on Tuesday.

Martinez is the latest high-profile player to join the Chinese Super League, following in the footsteps of Chelsea midfielder Ramires who recently penned a £25 million deal with Jiangsu Suning.

This could only be the start of an influx of players heading to the Chinese Super League as Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin and Roma’s Gervinho signed with Shanghai Shenhua and Hebei China Fortune FC respectively in the past week.

There could still be more players heading to the Chinese Super League as China’s transfer window will remain open until February 26.