Report: Atletico Madrid have offered Gelson Martins to Arsenal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery celebrates after his side's first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2018 in London,...

Arsenal failed to lure Gelson Martins to the Premier League last year despite a reported £25m bid but could he arrive this summer?

Gelson Martins (R) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Roberto Gagliardini of FC Internazionale during their International Champions Cup Europe 2018 match between Atletico de...

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Gelson Martins this summer with Atletico Madrid keen to get rid of the Portuguese player, as reported by the Sun.

Big things were expected of Martins when he finally joined one of Europe’s elite in 2018, swapping Sporting Lisbon for Atletico Madrid.

But, like so many marquee signings before him, such as Jackson Martinez, Alessio Cerci and Mario Mandzukic, the 23-year-old struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone’s demands.

 

Martins started just one La Liga game before joining Monaco on loan in January.

The 2016 European Championship winner has found minutes easier to come by in France while scoring three times already under Leonardo Jardim.

FARO, PORTUGAL - September 6:  Gelson Martins of Portugal and Atletico Madrid with Borna Barisic of Croatia and Glasgow Rangers in action during the International Friendly match between...

The Sun is now reporting that Arsenal will be given the chance to bring Martins to the Emirates; an opportunity they must be tempted to seize with head coach Unai Emery desperate to add width to his midfield-heavy squad.

According to Zero Zero, Arsenal saw a bid of £25 million rejected last summer before he swapped Lisbon for Madrid, cancelling his contract with Sporting after a series of off-field controversies at the Primeira Liga giants.

Portugal's forward Gelson Martins (R) controls the ball during the friendly football match between Belgium and Portugal, on June 2, 2018 at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. (Photo by...

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