Out-of-favour Atletico Madrid forward Gelson Martins did not train with the club today as he has been given permission to join Monaco on loan, say Diario AS.
Los Rojiblancos are said to be at the limit of their €293m annual wage budget and with the imminent arrival of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, at least one player must make way.
There has been reported interested in Martins from English duo Arsenal and Newcastle United but he now appears to be on his way to the Ligue 1 side.
Of Cape Verde heritage, Martins made 125 first-team appearances for Sporting CP before joining Atleti in a controversial deal this summer.
The 23-year-old initially moved to the Wanda Metropolitano last summer as a ‘free agent’, according to their website, despite Sporting insisting they were due a fee of €45m for the player.
Reports in Portugal have subsequently claimed that Sporting are considering taking Atleti to court over the deal and say they are entitled to a whopping €110m in compensation.
Gelson has failed to settle quickly in the Spanish capital, making just one league start so far this campaign and looks set for an early exit after a forgettable six months.