In Focus: Liverpool agree contract with Gelson Martins

According to Correiro de Manha, Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Sporting Lisbon attacker Gelson Martins ahead of a potential deal.

What’s the story?

Liverpool, fresh from their 4-3 win over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, have been linked with a number of attackers following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Reds have money to spend despite splashing £75m on Virgil van Dijk, and according to Correiro de Manha, Martins is closing on a move to Anfield.

The report claims that Liverpool have already agreed personal terms with Martins, who would collect more than five times his current weekly packet if he moves to the Premier League.

Indeed, the deal is said to be worth £80,000 a week to the highly-rated Portugal international.

Sporting are said to be unwilling to accept anything less than £53m when it comes to a transfer fee, however, which means that a deal is still some way off despite Liverpool’s interest.

How good is Martins?

Good, potentially very good. An extremely versatile attacker, Martins is capable of operating in a number of different positions in the final third of the field.

The 15-time Portugal international has previously been linked with Manchester United, whilst Real Madrid are said to be long-term admirers.

Martins, who is valued at £18m by transfermarkt.co.uk, scored seven times in 44 appearances for Sporting last season, but has already managed nine goals in 30 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.

The attacker also has nine assists to his name, and would certainly fit Liverpool’s high-pressing, counter-attacking style of football due to his explosive pace.

Martins’ potential arrival would not be a like-for-like replacement for Coutinho, but it would certainly be an exciting deal for the Liverpool supporters.

Sporting are said to be desperate to keep hold of the exciting talent, however, and the fact that he has a contract with the Portuguese club until June 2022 places them in a strong position when it comes to negotiation.