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Jackson Martinez will only be sold for £32m

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Porto director general Antero Henrique has revealed that striker Jackson Martinez will only be sold if someone pays his £32 million release clause this summer, reports talkSPORT.

The Colombian hitman, who starred at this summer's World Cup, has been the subject of interest from a number of clubs in recent time, with the same report suggesting that the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, Roma and Valencia are all interested in the player's services. 

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Interest

Whist Arsenal are in the running to land the Porto striker, it also appears that their rivals Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in his signature. And regarding Martinez's future, speaking to O Jogo, Henrique said: "Jackson will only leave Porto for his release clause."

It's clear, then, that the player won't be sold on the cheap this summer, but it remains to be seen as to whether Arsenal and Co. will pay his full release clause in this transfer window in order to bring him to England's elite division.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have all splashed the cash so far in this market, so they may be tempted to further improve their attack ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Arsenal in need? 

Arsenal, despite having landed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona this summer, have a lack of out-and-out strikers at the club, with Yaya Sanogo acting as Olivier Giroud's only real competitor in the front line. 

Sanchez, meanwhile, will give Arsenal another dimension in attack, but his qualities differ to that of Martinez's. The striker would certainly fit in at Arsenal, but the Gunners boss may be reluctant to pay another huge for a marquee name in this window. 

Chelsea and Manchester United 

Chelsea have an array of talent in their forward line, having already purchased Spanish international Diego Costa in this window. The Blues also have Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku on their books, meaning Martinez would represent a luxury signing for Jose Mourinho. 

Like Mourinho, Louis van Gaal has a number of superstars in his attacking line at Manchester United. With Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez already competing for places at Old Trafford, it's difficult to see where Martinez would fit in at the club.

The striker, who has scored 46 times in 60 games over the last two years, may not really be needed by some of the elite Premier League clubs, but that might not stop them moving for him. 

 

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