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Jackson Martinez favours a move to Napoli

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FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez would welcome a move to Napoli - providing the Italians can match his release clause.

The Express have quoted the players representative, Manuel Manzo, as saying: "Jackson would like to join a great club like Napoli.

"But the only way to purchase him is by paying the 40 million euros (£32m) set for his release clause, then it will be over to Porto."

Martinez has been a rare success story in a season of disappointment for Porto, netting an impressive 22 goals - including the only goal of the game when his current side beat his prospective new team in the Europa League.

However, his form has only increased speculation that he could be on the move, and earlier this season it was claimed English sides Chelsea and Manchester United could make a move for the Colombian striker.

With no concrete bid from either side, Napoli could now take pole position in the race for Martinez, and the chance to link up with an international teammate, Juan Camilo Zuniga, and form a partnership with one of Europe's hottest strikers in the form of Gonzalo Higuain could appeal to him.

Speaking of Martinez' interest in the move, Munzo said: "He even talked to Zuniga about it, and would form a great scoring duo together with Higuain."

Martinez signed for Porto in the summer of 2012, and his debut season in Portugal was a huge success as he netted 26 times to help the club pip rivals Benfica to the league title.

And while Porto may have endured a difficult season, the 27-year-old has continued to impress and will travel to the World Cup this summer.

Ironically, it's an injury to a former Porto star, Radamel Falcao, that could present Martinez with his chance to shine on the world stage.

Should the Monaco striker fail to make a full recovery from a knee injury sustained at the beginning of the year, Martinez will almost certainly spearhead the Colombian attack, and a profitable summer will surely increase demand for his signature.

Last summer saw another Colombian international head for the exit door at
Estádio do Dragão as James Rodriguez joined Falcao in Monaco along with Portguese playmaker Joao Moutinho.

Having to cash-in on big name stars has become somewhat of a necessity for Jose Mourinho's old club, and Martinez is not the only man being linked with a move away as rumours continue to link Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando with Manchester City.

Like Martinez, Mangala is likely to play at this summer's World Cup and if he can force his way into France's starting eleven you can expect some of Europe's elite clubs to be sniffing around.

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