Arsenal are leading the race for Gelson Martins who is due to cancel his current contract at Sporting Lisbon and set to join the Gunners for free, according to various reports.
Gelson Martins in action for Portugal in the World Cup
Gelson Martins, the 23 year old winger has had a terrific season with Sporting Lisbon, but he demanded to end his contract after Sporting players were attacked by masked mob of Sporting ultra fans. The club was also accused to defend the attackers and Martins is one of the players who are willing to leave the Portuguese club and seek pastures now.
And the Gunners manager Unai Emery is also interested in the 23 year old and bring him at the North London club, provided he is free which also helps the Gunners cause as they are reported with a low transfer budget this season.
Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport reports that the Gunners are willing to bring him, but the player is also demanding his new club to cover the compensation fees if it is required during any legal actions between the club and the player. He had a massive £53 million release clause, and breaking that can lead to some compensation that may be needed to pay to Sporting Lisbon.
He had a superb season with Sporting Lisbon
But the Gunners are not alone who want to bring the player, as Benfica along with Premier League sides Liverpool and Everton are interested to acquire the player. Although Arsenal are favorites among them, a high demand of wage by Martins can be the decisive factor of his new destination. Italain side Lazio were interested in the Portugal international, but pulled out of a deal due to his wage demands.
Amid all these speculations, Gelson Martins is currently with Portugal in the World Cup and came on as a second half substitute in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Morocco, which came thanks to the solitary goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.