Saturday June 9 2012
Genoa close on 'Burrito' Martinez

It’s believed that Genoa have secured a deal for Velez Sarsfield striker Juan Manuel ‘El Burrito’ Martinez worth €6m.

Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio claims negotiations are at a very advanced stage and Martinez could land in Italy over the next few days to complete the move.

Martinez was already set to leave Velez last summer, but opted to remain after his wife gave birth, preferring to delay a move to Germany or England.

His nickname ‘El Burrito’ comes from his similarity to former Parma and Sampdoria man Ariel Ortega.

He already has experience of playing outside Argentina with Arabian club Al-Shabab, but reportedly left after a year because his wife was not allowed into the stadium.