Done! Arsenal Completes £79m Double Deal

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Arsenal will have to take out £88 million from their purse to pay Gelson Martins’ release clause if they wish to sign him.

Arsenal have reportedly submitted an offer worth £79m to Sporting Lisbon for both Gelson Martins and William Carvalho, with £53 going for Martins release clause.

However, according to latest reports, Sporting can decide to increase that release clause to £88m whenever they want.

This seems both outrageous and mightily convenient for Sporting. Which begs the question, why a release clause of such ridiculous amount exists in the first place.

This seems to be a case of Arsenal’s name being used to make Sporting’s stance clear. The Gunners have other targets and won’t have the money to spend a further £80m on two players, nevermind £88m on just one.