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As per a report from Spanish outlet AS, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have clinched a deal with in-demand winger Gelson Martins.
Martins, a 23-year-old Portuguese international, came up through the youth ranks at Sporting CP, before breaking into the club’s first-team setup in 2015.
After struggling for game-time during his debut campaign with the Leões, Martins established himself as a key contributor for the club during the 2016-17 season, racking up 6 goals and 9 assists in 32 league outings.
And, after playing a starring role once again this past season (13 goals and 13 assists across all competitions), the blistering wide-man has since been heavily linked with a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
All of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton, Lazio and Juventus have been named as admirers of Martins’ talents, with previous reports having even claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was pushing the board at the Bernabeu to splash out on his fellow countryman.
In addition, after Martins became the latest Sporting star to file to have his contract with the Portuguese giants terminated following the fan attack on the club’s players and staff back in May, interest in his signature has only increased.
And, as per the aforementioned report from AS this evening, a surprise suitor have today leaped firmly to the front of the queue for Martins, amid claims that the Portuguese wide-man has agreed terms on a move to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
The report states that the parties have been in negotiations for some time now, with a deal having been struck earlier today.
As such, official confirmation of the transfer is now ‘pending’, with Atletico hitman Kevin Gameiro expected to depart the club for Valencia imminently.