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2010 Transfer Target Player Profiles: Jorge Martinez


Last week, Marotta officially made his first incoming transfer of the campaign with the acquisition of Simone Pepe’s services for one year, and the option to buy him outright from Udinese at the end of next season. Rumours of Juventus’ next official incoming transfer have risen to a feverish pitch, with Catania winger Jorge Martinez tipped to become the newest Bianconero. With Krasic’s move to northern Italy stalled on account of Man City’s untimely bid, attention was turned to Sicily’s Uruguayan international.

According to reports, Marotta and Catania’s sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco agreed upon a price for the 27 year old striker in Milan yesterday. Rumour has it that they’ve settled on a €12 million fee, and the only thing left to be done is for Juventus and Martinez to come an agreement on personal terms, more specifically, player wages. In the coming days we will undoubtedly know more about this potential transfer, however in the meantime, here is Jorge 'Malaka' Martinez's player profile.

"Martinez is an incisive attacking midfielder or frontrunner famed for his dribbling ability and vast array of tricks. Whether asked to push forward from wide midfield positions or as a second striker, there is more than a hint of Ronaldinho in his game." ESPN soccernet

Born April 5th 1983 in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, Jorge Andres Martinez began his youth career playing with the Montevideo Wanderers F.C., a team that adopted its name from the Wolves in England. There he spent several seasons with their primavera before being called-up to the senior team in 2000 when he was seventeen years old. In his first few seasons with the top-flight Uruguayan side, Martinez enjoyed many appearances and began to find himself favoring more of an attacking role. The next two seasons found him held back by injuries before the club eventually transferred the 5ft 10in winger to Club Nacional de Football in 2006.

In his second season with his new Uruguayan side, Martinez proved himself to be one of the continent’s brightest talents scoring 11 goals in 30 appearances, and earned his first international cap against England on March 1st 2007. That summer, Catania purchased the rights for the winger and Jorge’s Italian adventure began. In his first season with the Sicilians, under then head coach Silvio Baldini, Martinez managed 8 league goals, along with 3 Coppa Italia goals, in 31 total appearances. Martinez also saved Catania from relegation on the final day of the 2007-08 season by scoring the equalizer against Roma, deeming Empoli to relegation, and guaranteeing Roma would not win that season’s Scudetto.

During the 2008-09 season under the new head coach Walter Zenga, the Uruguyan continued his good form and managed nearly 40 appearances scoring 8 goals in the process, whilst Catania comfortably avoided relegation. In 2009-10, Martinez arguably enjoyed his best year yet with 9 goals in 25 Serie A appearances and 2 goals in 4 Coppa Italia matches. This season the Rossazzurri claimed the title as Serie A’s ‘giant killer’ defeating Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, and Sicilian rivals Palermo, in no small part thanks to Jorge Andres Martinez. Interestingly enough, Caceres’ fellow countryman didn’t make Oscar Tabarez’s final 23-man roster for South Africa, and suffered the same fate as Italy drop-out Giuseppe Rossi. Martinez has 18 caps for Uruguay and 3 goals all-time.


2010 Transfer Target Player Profiles and Other Links:

#1- Milos Krasic
#2- Simone Pepe
#3- Jorge Martinez
#4- Leonardo Bonucci

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