Colombian international said to have agreed personal terms.
The agent of Jackson Martinez has told Italian media that Napoli must pay the €40m release clause in order to sign him from Porto.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Manuel Manzo has revealed that his client has agreed on terms with the club, but negotiations over the transfer fee remain a stumbling block to seal the move.
The 26-year-old joined the Portuguese giants last summer, and enjoyed a terrific opening season in Europe which ultimately has seen his valuation soar.
While Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis is said to be willing to offer €32m for the star, Porto will not accept anything less than the €40m rescission clause in the player’s contract according to Manzo.
“There is an agreement with the player,” he told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“However, one with Porto is missing and they don’t want to sell.
“The only chance of a move happening, in my opinion, is if the Azzurri pay the €40m rescission fee clause which is in his contract. Otherwise he won’t move,” he concluded.
Napoli are rumoured to have offered Martinez a five-year deal worth €2m per season, but while that may be enough to have convinced the Colombian international to move, it remains to be seen whether or not an agreement can be reached with his current employers.
Having already signed the likes of Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Gonzalo Higuain this summer, it is unclear as to how Rafa Benitez will accommodate all of his attacking options should Martinez move to Naples.
Along with Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev it would appear that the Spaniard will have several selection headaches in the new season, but the club seem determined to land Martinez regardless.