With Liga NOS outfit Sporting CP currently suffering through a turbulent stage in their history, The Express understands that Arsenal could snag Gelson Martins, a supposed transfer target, for free in the summer window, if the Lisbon-based club allow the Portuguese winger to cancel his contract, that is.
Following a recent attack from a gang of unruly supporters which left members of the Sporting fold with savage injuries to nurse, Martins, 23, has allegedly joined forces with fellow countrymen Rui Patricio and William Carvalho in wanting a swift exit from the club, and an abrupt termination of his current deal may be the only way to satisfy his will to depart his troubled employers.
Sporting failed to finish in a Champions League spot last term having finished 3rd, just outside of the required berth, and also managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League, however given the club’s domestic shortcomings, it’s said that rioting occurred at Alcochete, the club’s training facility, as a result of the somewhat inconvenient inadequacies.
A trailblazing option on the flanks, Martins would offer the Gunners and Unai Emery a direct potency along the channels and relative adaptability, as the Sporting youth graduate is also capable of effectively deputising behind the leading striker as a number 10.
Featuring in a staggering 52 encounters for the Leões throughout the 2017-18 campaign, Martins netted 13 goals and also supplied his teammates with 13 assists, proof that he’s an extremely productive component on the turf, and one that’s got the potential to flourish further on a more competitive platform such as the Premier League.
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