Liverpool are considering hijacking Arsenal’s move to the signing of Gelson Martins this summer.
Martins is in Russia with the Portuguese squad for their World Cup campaign in Russia, and he has been linked with a move away from Sporting Lisbon for the last couple of seasons.
It is believed that the Gunners had a whooping £26m offer for the winger rejected earlier in the year, but the Portuguese winger is among some players at Lisbon who have cancelled their contract at the club due to attacks that occurred from the club’s fans.
His breakthrough for the Portuguese side came during the season of 2015/16 campaign, where he found the back of the net with seven goals and four assists in 42 games. The season that followed, he made some upgrade on his performance where he netted six goals and created nine assists for Sporting Lisbon.
However, it was until this past season where he really made the headlines and caught the attention of many suitors, with 13 goals and 13 assists in 52 games across all competition for the Portuguese club. He will leave the Portuguese club with a total of 31 goals in 165 appearances across all competition if a fee can agreed with the club for his signature this summer.
A number of top European teams have been linked with the Portuguese international, and with reports revealing he could Sporting on a free move, this would be a massive boost for his suitors who will be sending officials out to Russia to finalize his move to either of the club.
It’s believed the likes of Estádio José Alvalade, with Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Ribeiro, Bas Dost and Daniel Podence along with Martins’ futures are up in the air and they’re considering terminating their contract with the club after the World Cup in Russia ends.
Liverpool’s front does not appear in need of new winger as they already have the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who were highly impressive this past season and Martins joining the Reds might find first-team football hard to come by.
Arsenal, however, would be a good destination as the Gunners are lacking options in attack with the likes Alex Iwobi, Daniel Welbeck have been inconsistent all seasons.