Arsenal beat Liverpool to sign £52m CF

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Arsenal and Liverpool face a battle with AC Milan over the free transfer signing of Sporting Lisbon’s £52m-rated attacker Gelson Martins this summer, according to reports in Italy via TeamTalk.

Martins has been with Sporting his entire career having come through their youth system and has developed in to one of the best young talents in Portuguese football in recent years. The 23-year-old was a stand-out performer for Sporting last season having provided 13 goals and 13 assists to earn a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad.

However, his future is in serious doubt as Martins is looking to leave Sporting following a turbulent campaign and the attacker is one of several players who’ve cancelled their contracts after being attacked by angry fans at the clubs training ground last month.

The complex situation has alerted clubs here in the Premier League as TeamTalk claim Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed their interest in bringing Martins to England this summer.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to revamp the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger and Martins would provide the north Londoners with some genuine width in attack – which is something they’ve lacked at times in recent years.

Liverpool are also in the market for attacking reinforcements as Jurgen Klopp is yet to sign a replacement for Philippe Coutinho following his move to Barcelona in January and the Merseysiders may be eyeing Martins after seeing a proposed deal for Nabil Fekir fall through.

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