Report: Persistent Napoli closing on Jackson Martinez

Reports suggest Napoli are gradually closing in on Porto striker Jackson Martinez who is wanted by Tottenham and Arsenal.

Jackson Martinez has a wide range of suitors if he leaves Porto this summer, but Napoli are reportedly edging towards signing him.

The Colombian marksman has a prolific record in Portugal and his scoring pedigree certainly hasn't gone unnoticed.

If recent reports are to be believed, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Roma and Napoli all have an eye on Martinez, but his valuation could be a problem.

Porto are reluctant to let the 27-year-old leave and any side signing him look likely to need to activate his get-out clause, which is set at around £33m.

Roma had reportedly agreed personal terms with Martinez only to fail to agree a deal with Porto and cannot meet the rescission clause.

And there have also been rumours that Tottenham have tabled a bid of around £18m to try and lure Martinez.

But the Corriere del Mezzogiorno believes that Napoli have more money at their disposal and have increased their provisional offer to close to the amount needed to free Martinez from his contract.

The paper insists that Napoli have agreed terms with the player for a four-year contract worth around £1.6m per season.

Now Napoli are said to be talking to Porto and have proposed a fee of around £26m, which has so far been rejected.

However, the report suggests that Rafa Benitez has made Martinez a priority and is encouraging owner Aurelio De Laurentiis to keep up the chase, even if he has to break the budget and pay £33m.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal or Tottenham are wiling to pay that much for Martinez, but it seems unlikely.

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