Martins is hardly a household name but quickly gaining a reputation as one of European football’s most exciting youngsters after breaking into Sporting Lisbon’s first-team last term. He’s begun the current season in fine form, notching up two goals and three assists in seven Primeira Liga outings whilst starting all three of Sporting’s group stage fixtures in the Champions League – another tournament he’s impressed in.
Courtesy of Whoscored, here’s a look at the 21-year-old’s attacking form this season, strong enough to earn him a debut cap for Portugal in September:
According to Mirror Football, Manchester United are now tracking the youthful winger, which suggests their scouts will be watching him regularly in the build-up to the January transfer window. However, Sporting are attempting to agree a new contract with Martins, which would increase his buyout clause past an already quite ridiculous £50million.
Equally worryingly, whilst reported interest from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid is a promising indicator of Martins’ potential, it also suggests United are facing a fight to sign the 5 foot 8 attacker with Europe’s three biggest clubs also apparently targeting him.