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According to Portuguese outlet Record, Gelson Martins is very close to joining Atletico Madrid with a deal said to be completed at some point this week.
A bright star
Martins is 23 years of age and has spent his entire youth and senior career at Sporting.
Martins racked up 140 appearances for Sporting’s senior time, scoring 27 and assisting 30 in that time.
However, it was Martin’s 2017/18 season that was most impressive. In 52 appearances in all competitions, Martins scored 13 and assisted 13, a solid record for a right-winger.
Martins is very fast and has great ball control, he would have been a great addition to Arsenal’s new-look squad.
Unrest at Sporting
In May it was reported that a group of hooded supporters armed with sticks and belts attacked players and staff at Sporting’s training complex.
After said attacks, the club released a statement.
“Sporting Club of Portugal vehemently repudiate the incidents registered today at the Sporting academy.
“We cannot in any form be associated with acts of vandalism and aggression towards players, coaches and staff of the professional football department, nor with attitudes which constitute the practice of a crime.
“This is not and cannot be Sporting. We will take every measure we can to find those responsible for what happened and we will not shy away from demanding punishments for those who acted in this absolutely lamentable manner.”
In the wake of the attack, many Sporting players have come out and expressed a fear for their safety with many players terminating their contracts, Martins being one of them. And now Martins could well be on his way to Atletico Madrid, instead of Arsenal.