Sporting Director Igli Tare has set his sights on Portuguese Gelson Martins and wants to anticipate the thick competition to bring him to Lazio – also interested in the attacker is Benfica, Arsenal, Milan and Liverpool.
The auction has started – the competition is fierce for the player who was released a few days ago by Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. One of these parties wanting Gelson Martins are Lazio, who are very attentive to the situation.
At first, Igli Tare seemed to be on the trail of former Udinese man Bruno Fernandes – also followed by Roma – but his agents demand exorbitant commissions, so the Albanian Sporting Director changed his target to Gelson, a fanciful attacker who would take Felipe Anderson’s place.
Enter Jorge Mendes. The 23-year-old winger is currently in Russia with his national team (Portugal) and has been banned from using social media. He can only receive calls from relatives and his agent Ulises Santos. According to Il Messaggero, this would not be a problem for Lazio, who has established relations with his entourage about two weeks ago. On the tracks of Gelson Martins there are also Milan, Liverpool, Arsenal and Benfica, but Lazio could have a preferential head start and priority thanks to Mendes, a broker in the negotiation. The powerful Portuguese agent would have every interest in bringing Gelson Martins to Rome; in fact, he would guarantee his friend Lotito a great deal, while he would secure a good percentage in the possible future sale of Milinkovic-Savic.