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Juan Manuel Martínez's Corinthians future in doubt

The future of Argentine forward Juan Manuel Martínez is in doubt after the Corinthians director of football, Roberto de Andrade, admitted that the player was free to leave the Club World Cup winners.

Martínez, 27, only joined the Timão in January but has found it increasingly hard to break into the Corinthians side and has expressed his desire to leave if he does not get games as he is keen to break into the Argentina side for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"If he does not win the field position, he does not want to stay," Andrade told Globo Esporte.

"If someone wants to take him, we will not hold anyone off. You only have to pay part of the rights we have."

Corinthians currently own 75% of the player’s rights and have set an asking price of $6 million for clubs interested in the former Vélez Sársfield player.

"I like him a lot, but he is still quite new to Corinthians and first has to win the place in the team to show he is a great player after being picked.

"It will not be through talking. He knows how to work with Tite."

Martínez is in the thoughts of a number of Argentine clubs but Corinthians are only interested in selling the player and not in loan deals.

"The president of Boca Juniors talked to Mario [Gobbi Filho, President of Corinthians] about our interest to lend. If they want to negotiate it is only definitively. We ask $6 million," Andrade added.


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