NEWS
Tuesday January 22 2019
Atletico Madrid's Gelson Martins wanted by Arsenal, Monaco

Arsenal and Monaco are both keen on signing Gelson Martins from Atletico Madrid, who are keen to offload the forward to comply with their wage budget.

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.

Marca and Diario AS have both stated of Monaco’s interest in the Portuguese forward but reports in the British press, from the Daily Mirror and the Sun, both say the Gunners are interested too.

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.

Football Italia website