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Former Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez released by Chinese club

Jackson Martinez is now available on a free transfer after being released by Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Colombian striker joined the Chinese Super League club in 2016, just six months after moving to Atletico Madrid.

Having been in Chinese football since, Martinez scored just four goals, prompting the club to release him on a free transfer, losing out on their €42m investment.

A return to Atleti was never mentioned in the deal, meaning the striker, who scored 94 goals in 143 games for Portuguese side Porto prior to his move to Spain – is now free to look for a new club.

Born in Quibdo, Colombia – Martinez first took to football with Independiente Medellin, before moving to Mexican side Chiapas, where he gained the interest of Porto scouts working in South America.

His move to Portugal saw him win the league title and Supercup during his four season and despite playing just 16 games for Guangzhou, he won the Chinese Super League title, plus the FA Cup and Supercup on two occasions.

The striker will be hoping for a quick return to football with his country’s World Cup campaign set to begin this summer in Russia.

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A whole of La Liga clubs are now expected to show interest, with Deportivo La Coruna said to be interested in a move.

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