LaLiga giants enter race for €30m-rated Arsenal, Liverpool target

Date published: Monday 25th June 2018 8:59 - Oli Fisher

Arsenal and Liverpool could both be set to miss out on the signing of a Sporting Lisbon winger, according to a report.

Recent speculation has suggested that the Premier League rivals will do battle for Gelson Martins, with the possibility of a cut-price deal due to an ongoing dispute between the club’s players and the president.

Journalist Dharmesh Sheth recently claimed that Arsenal are ready to pounce for 23-year-old Martins.

He said on the Transfer Talk pordcast: “Gelson Martins – Arsenal are one of a numbers of clubs who are going to be interested.

“(He’s) a speedy winger at Sporting Lisbon. He made a move with four others players to terminate his contract citing a ‘just cause’.

“Gelson Martins might have got €30m, €40m, €50m in a transfer fee. If the contract is ripped up a player of his quality, a Portugal international, could leave for free.

“Hence why what we’re hearing out Arsenal’s financial situation and how much they’ve got to spend, he would fit perfectly.”

According to a report in the Daily Express on Sunday, Martins’ agent Ulisses Santos is in Spain speaking to LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid over a potential summer move.

It is also claimed that Santos may stay in Madrid to discuss terms with Real Madrid, who have also reportedly made their interest known.

Sporting are reportedly trying to keep their star players at the club by forcing the president to step down.


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