Football: Martinez joins Atletico Madrid

Colombian player Jackson Martinez during a training session in Santiago on June 19, 2015.
Colombian player Jackson Martinez during a training session in Santiago on June 19, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

LISBON (AFP) - Porto's highly-rated Colombian striker Jackson Martinez has signed for Atletico Madrid for a transfer fee of 35 million euros (S$52.8 million), the Portuguese club announced late on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old forward will replace Croatian Mario Mandzukic, who has moved from Spain to Juvenus in Italy for 19 million euros.

Martinez has been the top scorer in Portugal for the last three seasons, having joined Porto from Mexican outfit Jaguaras de Chiapas.

He had previously agreed a move with AC Milan, and had been targeted by Arsenal, before instead opting for a switch to Atletico.