Taking in consideration that Cristiano Ronaldo played both for Manchester United and Real Madrid, it’s normal that the two giants look to Portugal to find new young players and stars. This time they’ve put the eye in the same player. His name is Gelson Martins and he was the best Sporting Lisbon footballer when the Portuguese side played at Bernabéu.
According to the Portuguese newspaper Récord, Real Madrid and Manchester United are already fighting for Gelson Martins and both clubs would like to sign the winger as soon as possible. Sporting Lisbon are very happy with this bid because the footballer’s price would raise a lot.
The young winger has a price of €60M, quite high for a player who is only 21 years old. Gelson Martins has played six games this season in Primeira Liga, scoring two goals. This is only his second season in a top-flight club because he was playing for the youngster teams in Sporting Lisbon. Real Madrid already spotted this talent when he hasn’t played in the first division, but Sporting refused then to negotiate for him.
Gelson Martins has signed a contract with Sporting Lisbon until 2021, so he is linked to the Portuguese side this season and four more. If he signs another extension of his contract, the €60M clause could raise up to €80M. Sporting want to make a big business from him, as they did with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Only a few months later, Sporting Lisbon travelled to Madrid in the first game of the group stage in the Champions League. Gelson Martins surprised everybody and he was the best player in the pitch. Marcelo couldn’t stop him and the winger created a lot of problems. Real Madrid have not forgotten him and will try to sign him, if FIFA ban and Manchester United allow them to do it.