Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham target is €40m away from dramatic U-turn


It looks as if Jackson Martinez does want a move to Napoli from Porto after all.

This trio of Premier League teams are just a selection of those said to have been interested in the Colombian this summer.

And it is not difficult to see why there was such interest in the player.

Last season Martinez snuck under the radar slightly but his record for FC Porto was frankly - frightening.

The 26-year-old front-man netted 34 times in 39 games for club and country in 2012-13 - a trly remarkable figure for a debut European season.

That form was simply always going to attract a great degree of interest - with the Premier League leading the way in his pursuit.

But earlier this month it seemed as if none of this mattered regardless.

Reports suggested that Martinez was happy to stay at FC Porto - and in fact was looking to renew his deal with the club.

Italian-based agent Giovanni Fiore stating: 

"There has been no contact. The priority is renewing the contract with FC Porto."

But rumours of him exiting Portuguese football continued to circulate - with Napoli now the main focus of attention.

Despite splashing the cash to get hold of Gonzalo Higuain the Partenopei still have plenty of cash in their arsenal to complete a couple more signings or two - in order to help them usurp Juventus at the top of the Italian game.

Now however everything has changed - with Martinez ready to switch to Campania this summer according to his agent Manuel Monzo:

"There's an agreement with the player, but we're missing one with Porto and the club don't want to sell him. The only way it could happen in my opinion is that they pay the €40m release clause, otherwise he won't leave." 

So Martinez has agreed to join Napoli - and if all parties agree on a fee then he will be theirs.

Which would be a shame.

Martinez could have filled the holes likely to be left by Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez this summer - while he could even be the centre forward Chelsea have craved since Didier Drogba was moved on.

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