Arsenal, Liverpool face Italian rivals for €60m-rated Portugal attacker

Samuel Bannister

AC Milan have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for want-away Sporting Lisbon attacker Gelson Martins, say the latest reports in Italy.

Martins is one of a group of players who have cancelled their contracts at Sporting following shocking fan attacks at the club’s training ground.

Arsenal had been alerted to his situation with the hope of bringing him to the Emirates, while Liverpool have also been regularly linked with the winger as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options.

However, the pair may have to slug it out with one of Serie A’s big boys, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The paper claims AC Milan are considering an approach for Martins and are ready to make an approach to his agent as they look to reinforce their squad ahead of a push for the top four next season.

Martins, who is in Portugal’s squad for the World Cup, scored 13 goals and made 13 assists in all competitions last season and is seen as an ideal signing given he is on a free. The Serie A giants had been looking at a move for Lyon’s former Manchester United man Memphis Depay, but it seems Martins is now top of their wish list.

Arsenal reportedly had a recent €30m bid for the 23-year-old rejected, but now could pick him up for free after the cancellation of his contract – if they can beat Milan and Liverpool to his signature.


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