Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ‘targeting’ Atletico Madrid forward Gelson Martins after failing in January loan bid

18 Mar

Arsenal are reportedly targeting a summer bid for Gelson Martins.

The 23-year-old forward is currently on loan at Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco from Atletico Madrid.

Gelson Martins is currently on loan at Monaco

Martins has three goals and three assists in his first eight appearances for the club and his performances have caught the eye.

Portuguese news outlet A Bola claim Arsenal are still interested in signing him after failing in a loan bid in January.

They instead signed Denis Suarez from Barcelona on loan but he is yet to start a match for Unai Emery’s side.

Martins joined Atletico last summer

Martins only joined Atletico last summer but failed to make an impact at the Spanish club.

He was one of a number of players who requested his contract at Sporting Lisbon be terminated after a group of supporters invaded the club’s training centre and assaulted several players and staff.

Sporting are still seeking compensation from Atletico over his summer move.

A Bola also report that the Gunners are willing to make an offer to both clubs in order to sign the Portugal international and end the dispute.

Atletico offered Sporting £13million in compensation but the Portuguese club claim he had a release clause of £86million in his contract.