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Sky sports confirms Premier League, Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, and could land the £60m-rated Portugal international in a free transfer this summer.
The 23-year-old winger is understood to be the latest player to look to terminate his contract with Sporting after a section of the club’s fans attacked the players at their training ground ahead of the Taca de Portugal final last month.
Rui Patricio and Daniel Podence have already told the club that they are looking to cancel their deals in the wake of the attack, and Tuttomercato reports that Martins could also look for a way out.
The 23-year-old – who is valued at around £60m by Sporting – would be available on a free transfer this summer.
The Gunners are not the only club that wants to secure the service of the Portugal born, but the report claims that Arsenal are in pole position for his signature as things stand.
Gelson Martins, who has won 18 caps for Portugal and is part of their squad for this summer’s World Cup, scored 13 goals and created 13 more in 52 appearances for Sporting last season.
Arsenal have medical staff in Russia to complete the signing of Lucas Torreira, according to reports in Italy.
Torreira played a major role in Uruguay 1-0 win against Egypt being subbed in the second half of the match.
The midfielder expected to sign a five-year deal worth £2.6m a year after Arsenal agreed a £26.19m fee with Sampdoria.
Arsenal already have the doctors over in Russia to complete the medical procedures and he will officially be an Arsenal player before the end of the World Cup, according to SampNews24.
Unai Emery and Arsenal’s transfer committee have identified the midfielder as the man to help dictate games in north London.
He has impressed for Sampdoria and is expected to be involved in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.
It was claimed the signing was done and dusted by journalist Fabrizio Romano.
When asked by a fan on Twitter about the Gunners’ pursuit of Torreira, Romano said: “[Torreira] is done mate! But I don’t know when [it] will be announced.”
Arsenal new manager has already signed Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus in his first deal since arriving at the Emirates.
Arsenal are also closing in on deals for Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos as Emery looks to overhaul his side.
Emery is also keen to develop his current group of players and challenge for the Champions League spots.
“I believe we can grow with the players we have,” he said when appointed last month.
“The objective is to work hard together and with these talented players.
“It’s very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work to be the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”