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Atlético Madrid weighing up Gelson Martins move

The club is keeping an eye on the legal ramifications of signing the former Sporting Club winger

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Gelson Martins is one of several players to have cancelled contracts with Sporting Clube de Portugal in recent weeks. As we wrote about 10 days ago, Atlético Madrid are reportedly exploring the possibility of signing the winger. They are not the only team in Europe considering offering him a contract — however, and there will be a battle to land the highly-rated 23-year-old.

Thomas Lemar’s arrival and the money due for Diego Costa will condition any new signings. Los rojiblancos have moved on Gabi’s contract but aside from that, nobody has left the club and money is getting tighter.

Gelson is said to be aware of Atlético’s interest, but it’s Atlético who are more wary. Atleti are mulling their legal options after the Portuguese international walked away from Sporting — he cancelled his contract with “just cause” after a training ground attack masterminded by angry fans. Other who have walked, like Rui Patricio, have signed for new clubs. But with a FIFA sanction just behind them, Atlético are being overly careful as the Portuguese club might be able to request compensation in one form or another.