Colombian international latest star to be linked with move to Naples.
Napoli are set to continue their spending spree this summer, with speculation suggesting that Porto star Jackson Martinez is next on their list.
Having wrapped up deals for both Pepe Reina and Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday, the southern giants are expected to continue investing in the squad with a bid of around €32m for the 26-year-old.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the striker has a €40m buy-out clause but it is understood that Porto could be persuaded into letting Martinez leave for less, with reports in the Italian media suggesting personal terms have already been agreed.
Gazzetta speculate that the Colombian international has agreed to a four-year deal worth €2m per season, but Martinez took to his official Facebook page on Wednesday night to state that the rumours of an exit were not true, and that he “wants to stay at FCP”.
The Partenopei have been amongst the biggest spenders in Europe this summer, but it comes after the sale of Edinson Cavani to PSG for a €64m.
As a result, owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has made available a substantial transfer budget for new coach Rafa Benitez, with the Spaniard already bringing in the likes of Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Raul Albiol.
It is believed that Benitez has specifically requested Martinez, and there is great optimism in the Italian media that an agreement can be reached despite the apparent protests of the player himself.
Nevertheless, it is certain that the spending has not yet finished for Napoli, who will look to continue to try and strengthen their already talented squad ahead of the new season.