Manchester United & Chelsea given £32m ultimatum for top star

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Manchester United and Chelsea will have to stump up the £32million required to activate Jackson Martinez’s release clause if they harbour any hopes of signing him, according to the player’s agent.

What’s more, all clubs who are looking to capture the free-scoring Colombian forward this summer have been given an ultimatum to either make a move quickly or miss out altogether, as Martinez reportedly now has his eyes set on a move to Napoli. The striker’s agent, Manuel Manzo, has confirmed fears that Porto are unwilling to negotiate on the asking price for their most prized asset, and it’s not good news for either United or Chelsea - both of whom the Express claim are interest in him.

According to the British paper, Manzo stated that his client is intrigued by the idea of moving to Serie A giants Napoli as he is confident he can continue his impressive goal tally there. He also went on to virtually assure any other potential suitors that they would miss out on Martinez, unless they’re ready and willing to stump up an eye-watering transfer fee.

“Jackson would like to join a great club like Napoli,” Manzo said.

"He even talked to Zuniga about it, and would form a great scoring duo together with Higuain.

"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."

It’s thought that the sum mentioned may be a little too high for Rafael Benitez’s Italian outfit to readily offer, which could pave the way for a Premier League switch. Whether it be United, Chelsea or indeed Arsenal - who have also been linked with him - it would appear they will have to pay big if they want to land their man.

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