Liverpool poked into action as Arsenal launch £58m bid for top Klopp target
Arsenal have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign a £58m-rated Portugal star, while Manchester United’s hopes of landing two top targets have taken a major blow, according to Friday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL PONDER MOVE AS ARSENAL MOVE IN ON KLOPP TARGET
Arsenal have launched a £58million move to sign reported Liverpool target Gelson Martins, according to reports in Portugal.
Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claims Martins – who was recently included in Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad – has been the subject of an enquiry from Gunners director of football Sven Mislintat after the club identified the winger as a key target for the summer.
It’s claimed new Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants Martins signed and to operate behind Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng and alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil in an exciting frontline next season.
Martins has long been tracked by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and the Portugal winger was almost signed last summer until the club moved instead for Mohamed Salah. But Martins remains very much in Klopp’s thinking and news of Arsenal’s enquiry could yet prompt Liverpool into action.
Klopp is thought to have made Ousmane Dembele his preferred choice, but could yet come back in for Martins if Barcelona decide not to sell the French winger.