Sport Liverpool target Martins set to depart Sporting for free

21:15  11 june  2018
21:15  11 june  2018 Source:

Arsenal keen to land Portugal international this summer

  Arsenal keen to land Portugal international this summer Arsenal want to sign Gelson Martins from Sporting CP this summer, according to claims from Portugal. It’s reported by O Jogo, as cited by the Mirror, that the Gunners are contemplating a swoop for the Portugal international as they look to strengthen their attacking ranks. Martins enjoyed another strong season with Sporting and is still being linked with a move to the Premier League. The Gunners were reportedly keen to land Martins in January as they sought out a replacement for Alexis Sanchez. Instead, however, they recruited Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with Manchester United for the Chilean. Arsenal’s interest in Martins does not appear to have deterred, though. Although Sporting want to keep hold of their prized asset, it seems Unai Emery’s side will give serious consideration to a bid in the coming weeks. Martins’ contract at Sporting runs until the summer of 2020 and also entails a release clause worth a reported £52.7 million.

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Liverpool could have the chance to sign long-term target Gelson Martins on a free transfer this summer.

The Reds’ interest in the player has been well documented throughout the year and it seems they are keen on recruiting him from the Liga NOS side this summer.

Sporting CP are currently in a spot of bother, with a number of first-team players seeking exits following unprecedented attacks from sections of the club’s fan-base.

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Fresh reports from Portuguese news outlet O Jogo indicate that Martins, along with teammates Bruno Fernandes and William Carvalho, has pushed for the termination of his deal at Sporting, which would thereby allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.

Arsenal could sign World Cup star for free this summer

  Arsenal could sign World Cup star for free this summer Arsenal have reportedly targeted a move for Sporting CP winger Gelson Martins, and they could even sign him on a free transfer. The Express have reported that with the Lisbon club in turmoil, Martins may be allowed to cancel his contract and become a free agent, meaning the Gunners could snap him up for nothing. The Portuguese star joins fellow countrymen Rui Patricio and William Carvalho in wanting out of Sporting after a group of fans attacked players at the training ground, leaving some with nasty injuries. The club finished third in Primeira Liga, and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Securing Martins signature would be a big boost for Arsenal. With plenty of pace in the attacking ranks already, he could be an asset out wide, and make the Gunners’ attack even more threatening but Unai Emery’s men face competition him, with Italian giants Juventus also said to be keen on a move for the 23-year-old.

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gossipJose Mourinho personally makes contact with agent of £50m Man Utd target . With Liverpool ’s bank balance boosted by Coutinho’s departure, Sporting will only sell to the Merseysiders if they activate Martins ’ release clause, which is set at €60m (£53m).

The news of Martins’ desire to leave Sporting is sure to come as a boost for Liverpool, who are out to add further attacking depth to their ranks this summer.

Although the Reds are keen to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke to provide additional depth to their wide options, Martins appears to be a long-term target and news of his availability to sure to pique Liverpool’s interest.

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Italian outfit join Arsenal in the race to sign in-demand winger .
Lazio have joined Arsenal and Milan in the race to sign Gelson Martins this summer. Calcio Mercato claims that the Serie A side have identified the Portuguese winger as a potential replacement for Felipe Anderson. The latter is being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with West Ham said to be in talks to sign the player. The Hammers have reportedly offered €30 million for the Brazilian. Martins looks set to leave Sporting on a free transfer this summer following a training ground incident with the club’s supporters. A number of supporters invaded the training ground and attacked the playing staff, with Bas Dost one of the more notable players to be injured in the incident. Martins has been touted as a key transfer target for the Gunners, who were said to have offered up to €30 million, but now face a wealth of competition to land the player on a free transfer.


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