Martins one step away from joining the Seattle Sounders
Levante is very close to running out of its star scorer. The interest of the American club Seattle Sounders to sign Martins is very serious and his economic proposal has convinced the Nigerian, who is pressuring the granota club to leave as soon as possible. The footballer alludes that he is very upset with the granota dome for an issue that he does not want to reveal and in this way justifies his hasty goodbye. But nevertheless, in Orriols they have no evidence that there is any problem with the forward.
Yesterday Martins left training in the sports city of Buñol angry and acknowledging that he liked the offer of the North American club. The US proposal is close to two million euros net per season for the footballer, figure that multiplies your current salary, and it is a train that does not want to miss, even leaving his team hanging in the decisive stretch of the season.
«I'm not happy in Levante, there is something i talked to the club, because they promised me something that they are not fulfilling, that's why I want to leave now », The Nigerian footballer commented yesterday on Cadena SER, that already in the hotel of concentration of the Barcelona in Athens last Thursday spoke with his representative of this offer, but it was not until Sunday when it was clear that he was going to go to the United States. Even in their environment they brand these statements as a "tantrum" of the player.
They - the Seattle Sounders- they have talked to me, they have made me a good offer. They have already had a conversation with Levante and I am waiting for my club to tell me something », he explained.
Levante confirmed in the afternoon the entity itself in a statement, does not contemplate negotiating for him and will only refer to his termination clause, which amounts to only three million euros. Then the club is obliged to distribute it: one third for granota, one for the footballer and one for his agent. «I came for free and they are going to earn money with me», pointed. What the Orriols entity will not forgive is the VAT of the clause.
In fact, The low figure of the release amount of the contract was one of the essential conditions for Martins to sign this summer for the Orriols entity, after parting ways with Rubin Kazan. Precisely against the Russians it could be the last game of the Nigerian with the Barcelona shirt, since the club will try to retain him until they play the knockout round of the Europa League on 14 of March.
«It is a good operation for me, it's a good deal for everyone, and it would also be good for my family to go to the United States », pointed the player, who has scored seven goals in the League and two in European competition in a total of 22 meetings.
The clause will not be an impediment to the Sounders, that in fact yesterday on his official website he recognized his interest in signing Martins. Chris Henderson, a coach from the North American team, was at the Ciutat de València on Monday seeing the forward live in the match against Osasuna, where the Nigerian did not have an outstanding performance.
The Major Soccer League begins next week and all the clubs are rushing the last days of the transfer market to make their incorporations. Seattle are looking for a striker to close their squad and Martins is the target. Yesterday morning, some intermediaries were at the Levante offices to convey the interest of the American club for the forward, although they did not make a firm offer.
These are two agents who work in leagues whose transfer markets are open when they are not in Europe., like russia, China or USA. In fact, at the beginning of the year they already asked about the Valencian player Nelson Valdez, also on behalf of the Sounders.
But nevertheless, the Nigerian met yesterday afternoon with Manolo Salvador and the forward did not inform him that his decision to leave was final, but he publicly acknowledged it.
If Martins leaves, Levante understands that they will not have an extra period to sign any player with a current contract, and therefore you can only use players who are unemployed. If you do not find options that improve the level, will stay with Acquafresca and Roger, but he sure regrets having yielded Ángel to Elche, since now it might be necessary.
Martins' attitude has caused discomfort in the entity. Both the council and the sports director are upset by how the footballer has handled the situation. They understand that their way of doing things hurts both him and the club. And of course they don't understand that after securing a good contract in Russia and fighting to come to Spain to enjoy football again, now he's leaving in the middle of the season to a minor league just for monetary interest.
In Orriols they want to wait to see how the player reacts now, but it cannot be ruled out that they will sanction him for his statements about the club's promises.