Exclusive: Internacional Close to Announcing Josef Martínez

Colorado Aims to Announce Former Inter Miami Striker in the First Half of January
Leagues Cup 2023 - Semifinals: Inter Miami CF v Philadelphia Union
Leagues Cup 2023 - Semifinals: Inter Miami CF v Philadelphia Union / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

Internacional, one of the most traditional clubs in Brazilian soccer, is on the verge of making a significant move in the transfer market. According to exclusive information obtained by MLS Multiplex, sources close to Josef Martínez indicate that Internacional is close to announcing the signing of the former Inter Miami striker. Colorado's move suggests not only a reinforcement for the squad but also a significant addition for the upcoming season.

The Gaúcho club, looking to strengthen its roster for the challenges ahead in 2024, hopes to formalize Josef Martínez's signing in the first half of January. The news emerges as a sign of ambition from Internacional, aiming to utilize the Venezuelan striker in the Gaúcho Championship.

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Sources consulted by MLS Multiplex revealed crucial details about the negotiation. Internacional is said to have offered Josef Martínez a two-year contract with an approximate salary of $400,000 per month. The financial proposal from Colorado demonstrates the seriousness and commitment of the club to secure the arrival of the striker, who stood out in the United States, playing for Atlanta United and more recently for Inter Miami.

Lionel Messi, Josef Martinez
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The possibility of having Josef Martínez represents not only a technical reinforcement for Internacional but also a strategy to strengthen the team in the face of the imminent departure of Luís Suárez, Grêmio's top scorer and arch-rival of Colorado.

Josef Martínez, known for his technical ability, speed, and goal-scoring instinct, made his mark on American soccer by finding the net 110 times in 171 matches over seven years. However, the recent season showed a drop in performance, with 12 goals in 40 games, along with three assists, as indicated by the average positioning map revealing his movement farther from the box.

Josef Martínez's arrival at Internacional would not only bolster the team's offensive sector but also add a key piece to the tactical puzzle for the coach. His versatility and international experience could be decisive elements in Colorado's quest for titles in 2024.

The official announcement of Josef Martínez's signing by Internacional will be eagerly awaited by fans and the sports community in general. If confirmed, the deal will represent not only an investment in a globally recognized talent but also the realization of the club's efforts to build a competitive and ambitious team for the challenges ahead.