Sporting Portugal have tied Gelson Martins to a new contract expiring in 2022. The club initiated the talks long time ago and the parties said it was a tough deal but they finally reached an agreement. The new release clause is €80M.
So now Real Madrid now the price of the player. Los Blancos have been showing some interest in Gelson Martins since Sporting Lisbon played at Santiago Beranbéu early in the season. The winger played a great match, creating a lot of chances in his wing and being a nightmare for Marcelo and Dani Carvajal.
The player rejected a first offer of 450.000€ per year, according to A Bola, even if before the new deal he was getting 120.000€ per year. Now his salary will be much higher, but it could be easily improved by a great European club like Real Madrid.
Even before the game in the Champions League, the scouters of Real Madrid knew this player. They went several years ago to Lisbon to ask for the footballer born in Cabo Verde. But the Portuguese team shut the door, as they already knew they had an especial player in their club.
Several years later, Gelson Martins is already a rising star. He’s made his debut with the Portuguese national team and this season he has scored 4 goals in 19 games in Liga Sagres. However, he couldn’t help his team to qualify for the next round of the Champions League and Sporting Lisbon were even knocked out of the Europa League after the defeat against Legia Warsaw in Poland.
However, the idea of seeing Gelson Martins at Santiago Bernabéu is not over yet. We’ve seen many times footballers renewing their contracts in the Portuguese League and after the clubs decided to sell the players to get more money. Nevertheless, now the price is very high. €80M for a very young player, who is currently only 21.