Report claims Jackson Martinez to Manchester United, but it's simply been mistranslated

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Are Manchester United set for a striker reshuffle in the summer?

There have been a few wild reports from the continent in recent weeks regarding summer transfers; David de Gea to Chelsea was the worst, followed by Kyle Walker to Real Madrid, Kaka to Chelsea, and Romelu Lukaku to Arsenal to name a few.

We are not saying they will never happen - with the exception of the De Gea one, but it's best to file them under 'unlikely.'

Another one which has now cropped up, and we'll let you decide on this for yourself, although we think it's pretty outrageous, is that Manchester United will sell Javier Hernandez and replace him with Jackson Martinez.

We say outrageous because it's simply inaccurate.

The report is made by Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb, who run the headline: "Manchester United, Martinez targeted to replace Chicharito."

Martinez plays for the Porto side which was knocked out of the Champions League earlier this evening, and has been in sensational form since signing for the club last summer.

Martinez has gone onto score a sensational 21 goals in 21 Primera Liga matches, and his overall tally for the season reads 26 goals in 30 games in all club competitions.

The report claims the striker is a target for Sir Alex Ferguson who could replace Javier Hernandez. Sounds outrageous but logical, right?

Their source was listed as Spanish newspaper AS.

And this is where it gets truly bizarre. 

AS make no such claim. 

They do however carry a report including the names of both Javier Hernandez and Jackson Martinez, but the twist is - They are both being discussed as targets for Atletico Madrid.

The report, linked to above, states Jackson Martinez is a target for Atletico, but because of Porto's asking price of around £30 million, they are considering a bid for Chicharito as a cheaper alternative.

From United's perspective it's nothing really new. Chicharito has been linked with Real Madrid, Chelsea, and even ludicrously Arsenal, ever since Robin van Persie arrived and fans can expect such spurious links to continue.

The club may well receive offers for him, but United have so far given no indication they want to sell.

So it appears as though TMW - the Italian website, have simply mistranslated the piece and got it horrifically wrong, or are simply being mischievous. 

We'll let you decide, but if you see further reports linking Martinez to United, beware, if they have used the Italian website as their source, it may not be all it seems.

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