Gelson Martins wants to join as Sporting receive second bid

Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes

Portugal internationals William Carvalho, Gelson Martins, Bruno Fernandes and Netherlands striker Bas Dost all filed notice with the Portuguese Securities Market Commission on Monday that they were breaking their contracts with Sporting.

Gelson Martins reportedly wants to join Arsenal.

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.

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.

Patricio, Carvalho, Martins and Fernandes are all with Portugal in Russian Federation getting ready for their World Cup opener against Spain on Friday.

A Bola report that Martins wants to leave Sporting this summer and Arsenal are hopeful that their continued pressure could lead to a deal. Sport Witness previously reported that Fernandes has a €100M release clause in his contract.

Sporting, however, consider the offer "insufficient" and have rejected it for a second time.

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.

Martins, who is with Portugal's squad preparing for their World Cup campaign, has a €60m (£53m) release clause in his contract.

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