Arsenal have scouted 23-year-old for years, claims journalist

Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Gelson Martins for a number of years, according to Duncan Castles

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Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins for a number of years, according to reporter Duncan Castles.

The north London side are being heavily linked with a move to bring the Portugal winger to The Emirates this summer as Unai Emery looks to bring in some reinforcements this summer.

The speculation linking Martins with a transfer to The Emirates has heightened in recent days amid reports that the 23-year-old has cancelled his contract with Sporting Lisbon and is keen on a move away.

Now, Sunday Times journalist Castles has revealed that the north London club have been keeping a close eye on the attacker for a number of years.

Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Castles said: “[Arsenal are] moving for a player they have scouted for a number of years in Portugal.

“He is a wide attacker who can beat a player with skill, he has pace as well.”

Arsenal are thought to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as Emery looks to try and build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

The north London side finished in sixth place and without a trophy last term in what ended up being a disappointing final season in charge for Arsene Wenger at The Emirates.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph back in the 2003-04 campaign.

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