Monaco confirm permanent deal for Atletico Madrid’s Gelson Martins

Monaco have confirmed they intend to make their loan deal for Atletico Madrid forward Gelson Martins permanent.

El Mundo Deportivo cite the French club’s general manager Oleg Petrov as confirming their intentions to sign the Portugal international on a permanent basis.

Of Cape Verde heritage, Martins made 125 first-team appearances for Sporting CP before joining Atleti in a controversial deal last 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 had failed to settle quickly in the Spanish capital, making just one league start in an underwhelming stint before joining Monaco on loan in January.

Martins netted four goals and provided two assists in 17 appearances since joining the Ligue 1 side, helping them to avoid relegation to the second tier.

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