Atletico Madrid has had an excellent transfer window after fending off interest from top clubs to hold on to Antoine Griezmann and are not done yet.
Diego Simeone has done a commendable job at the Spanish capital. Atletico Madrid have sustained a continuous loss of top-class players and still push for all the top prizes. Gelson Martins might be the latest find from the Portuguese league. The stricken Sporting Lisbon is all set to lose another star after a dispute between fans and the players.
Reports from Spain
Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins has agreed a deal to join Atlético Madrid, pending official confirmation. AS, the Spanish paper, have reported that Atletico have been in talks with Martins for some time and have now reached an agreement with the player. The player, who was part of Portugal’s World Cup squad, is one of a number of stars set to leave.
Martins will be signed as a replacement for the already departed Yannick Carrasco. The youngster was under the radar of many Premier League clubs before deciding to move to Spain. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs were among the interested teams.
Gelson Martin’s agent on his move
Teams have received a massive boost after the player’s agent, Ulisses Santos, revealed more about Martins leaving the Portuguese league.“Being the agent of Gelson Martins, I have as a top priority his tranquillity, and maximum concentration to be able to do what he knows, professional football,” Ulisses Santos wrote on Facebook.“For this reason, and considering the sports media agenda has been very busy around his future, I come to inform you that Martins’ next club will not be SL Benfica.”
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The saga between the club and the players has now turned even more sour, with Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that Sporting have made an official complaint to FIFA, and that they are demanding a €54m fee from Wolves for Rui Patricio. Sporting President said, “We are trying to solve this and I hope it will be solved. Patricio is a fantastic player, one of the best in the world, he wanted to leave and it is not worth going back.”
Sporting Lisbon is going into freefall. The club who are a part of the ‘Tres Grandes’, face a risk of losing all their stars. Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was appointed as a manager, was sacked nine days later after he wanted to make changes to the Pre-Season. Ultimately, Sporting’s loss might be other teams’ gain.