Sport Arsenal and Tottenham to battle for Martins

20:30  13 june  2018
20:30  13 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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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Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out for the signature of winger Gelson Martins, according to Sport Witness.

Martins is set to become a free agent after winding down his contract at Sporting Lisbon and several media outlets in Portugal had been linking him with a transfer to Benfica.

However it now appears that a move to the Premier League could be on the cards for the winger.

Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Notícias has claimed that despite Benfica’s approach for Martins, negotiations didn’t develop and that the winger’s agent Ulisses Santos is keen on getting his player a move to England.

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Arsenal have already made two €30m offers for the player, but with the player set to become a free agent, they could be joined in the race by their North London rivals Tottenham.

Arsenal make second offer for Gelson Martins

  Arsenal make second offer for Gelson Martins Arsenal have reportedly submitted a second offer for Sporting winger Gelson Martins. Reports in Portugal from A Bola, as cited by Sport Witness claim that the Gunners have stepped up their interest with another €30 million bid. Arsenal are said to have already failed with a €30 million bid for the player, who has long been linked with a switch to the Emirates. Unai Emery’s men appear to be stepping up their interest, despite not improving their offer, in a hope of forcing Sporting into selling. The player does have a release clause in his current contract with Sporting worth €60 million, but that is unlikely to be met this summer. Martins is said to be keen on completing a move to Arsenal, following a controversial end to the season in Portugal. Bruno de Carvalho’s actions have seen a number of players push for moves away from the club this summer, with a free transfer not out of the question following recent events in Lisbon.

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Martins is among a host of Sporting Lisbon players who are revolting against the club after a troubled season which even saw players assaulted at a training session last month.

Sporting finished seventh in the league last season, three points off a European spot and 36 points behind champions Porto.

However Martins enjoyed a good season personally, scoring 13 goals and laying on 13 assists.

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Arsenal hoping to wrap up Martins deal soon .
Arsenal are hoping to complete a deal to sign Gelson Martins sooner rather than later. According to reports in Italy from Radiosei, as cited on La Lazio Siamo Noi, the Gunners are aware of interest from Lazio. The Portuguese winger has been identified as someone who could provide Arsenal with some natural width and pace. Lazio want to sign the player as a replacement for Felipe Anderson, who is a transfer target for West Ham. Martins is a player in demand this summer following the news he will be free to leaving Sporting for nothing. Several teams have expressed an interest in the player, but Arsenal were thought to be leading the race to sign him. Sporting are facing a squad overhaul this summer following a training ground attack by a group of supporters. As a result, several players have rescinded their contracts with the club. Goalkeeper Rui Patricio became the first high-profile departure after joining newly-promoted Wolves.

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