Arsenal To Announce Deal For £52.7m Rated Star For Nothing

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Arsenal are pondering a tilt for Sporting Lisbon’s Gelson Martins.

New Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to add the Portuguese flyer to his ranks as he looks to overhaul the squad inherited from Arsene Wenger.

O Jogo reckon the 23-year-old is also attracting interest from Italian champions Juventus, who want to replace midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah after he opted to leave Turin this summer.

Martins bagged 13 goals and 13 assists for Sporting to help them finish third in the Portuguese top flight last term.

The Gunners wanted Martins and his team-mate William Carvalho under Wenger but an £86million joint bid was rebuffed by the Portuguese outfit last year.

Sporting are keen to keep hold of their star man but could be resigned to losing him to this summer.

Martins is under contract until 2022, but reportedly has a £52.7m release clause in his deal, meaning he could be free to speak to other clubs if that is met.

Liverpool were monitoring his situation in January, however Sporting’s hierarchy were adamant their star man was not for sale.

Emery also wants to bolster his central midfield options and wants Sevilla star Steven N’Zonzi with him to the Emirates.

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