Liverpool and Arsenal target Gelson Martins is heading for Atletico Madrid, according to a report in Spain.
The Portugal winger is available on a free transfer after he was one of a handful of Sporting stars who managed to get their contracts cancelled after an angry mob ransacked the club’s training ground, injuring players.
The 23-year-old was one of several players who have departed the Portuguese club and the interest in him has been intense.
A Bola recently claimed both Liverpool and Arsenal were monitoring Martins, while Bayern Munich, Benfica, Tottenham and Chelsea have also been linked with the player.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to add some depth to his forward line and Martins has been considered, while Arsenal were rumoured to have had a £26million bid rejected.
Martins’ agent rebuffed talk of a move to Benfica last week.
“Being the agent of Gelson Martins, I have as a top priority his tranquility, and maximum concentration to be able to do what he knows, professional football,” Ulisses Santos wrote on Facebook.
“For this reason, and considering the sports media agenda has been very busy around his future, I come to inform you that Martins’ next club will not be SL Benfica.”
But now AS reports Martins has decided to choose Madrid has his next destination and only international clearance is holding up the transfer.
Martins, who had a €60million exit clause in his contract before he applied to have his contract was ripped up, was one of Sporting’s most influential players during the 2017/18 campaign, scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists in 52 appearances.