Gelson Martins wants to join as Sporting receive second bid

53m Portugal star wants to join Arsenal as Gunners submit second bid

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Sporting CP star Gelson Martins, according to reports.

The 23-year-old winger has been on the radar of top clubs over the last few transfer windows and his future at Sporting Lisbon is again under the scanner this summer.

That form has led to interest from Arsenal with the Metro reporting that we tabled a second offer worth £26m for Martins' signature after Unai Emery identified him as a prime summer transfer target.

The situation is set to go to the Portuguese courts and if the case goes in the players favour, as expected, then Arsenal could snap Martins up for nothing - although any potential deal may be delayed until court proceedings are complete.

And on Monday, the same Portuguese newspaper reported that Arsenal have returned to Sporting with a second offer but have stuck with the same €30m bid.

Three Portugal stars now in Russian Federation getting ready for the World Cup have told their club Sporting Portugal they will break their contracts, the club said on Monday.

And it has been claimed that they received a similar reply from Sporting Lisbon, who again rejected the bid from the north London giants and are unwilling to accept such low figures.

Martins has a £53m release clause in his deal with Sporting.

Sporting CP are now in a spot of bother, with a number of first-team players seeking exits following unprecedented attacks from sections of the club's fan-base.

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