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Journalist claims Arsenal set to rival Liverpool or pacey forward

Subair Adams

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Gelson Martins

Liverpool are to face stiff competition from Arsenal in the race to sign for Portuguese winger Gelson Martins, claims a journalist.

The attacker is available for a free transfer after reportedly terminating his contract at Sporting Lisbon mainly due to attacks vented by frustrated fans at the club’s training ground.

The team’s dire run of form last term eventually saw them finishing below the champions league slots sparked an outrage of violence by fans who were overly unimpressed with the situation at the club. Many of the club’s players are reportedly seeking an exit after being left traumatized over the horrible scenes.

Liverpool are understood to have earmarked the midfielder as a viable alternative for Fekir after the deal for the Frenchman collapsed in the final hour.

Though, Sky sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth claims Arsenal in also in the running the 23- year old- with the club mulling over a move for the Portuguese.

Seth told “Gelson Martins – Arsenal are one of the numbers of clubs who are going to be interested.

“(He’s) a speedy winger at Sporting Lisbon. He made a move with four others players to terminate his contract citing a ‘just cause’.

“Gelson Martins might have got €30 (£26m), €40 (£35m), €50m (£44m) in a transfer fee. If the contract is ripped up a player of his quality, a Portugal international, could leave for free.

“Hence why what we’re hearing out Arsenal’s financial situation and how much they’ve got to spend, he would fit perfectly.”

Liverpool are also been linked with a move for Flamengo star Lucas Paqueta as Manager Jurgen Klopp still remains keen on strengthening his squad depth ahead of the forthcoming campaign scheduled to kick off mid-August

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