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North London giant Arsenal are hoping to seal a transfer deal to land Gelson Martins very soon than later.
According to Italian media reports, as quoted on La Lazio Siamo Noi, the former Premier League champions are aware of keen interest from Italian Serie A side Lazio.
The Portugal international winger has been labelled as a player who could provide the Gunners with some width and pace naturally.
The Serie A giant want to bring in the player to replace Brazil international attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson, who is a target for Premier League side West Ham.
Gelson Martins is a player attracting a lot of interest this summer following the widespread news that he will be free to leave Portuguese side Sporting for nothing.
Arsenal lead race
Several interested clubs have shown an interest in him, but the Gunners, under newly appointed Spanish tactician Unai Emery were believed to be leading the transfer race to land him.
His Portuguese club are facing a team overhaul this summer transfer window following a serious training ground attack by some supporters of the club.
As a result, a number of players have decided to rescind their deals with the Portuguese side. Shot stopper Rui Patricio became the first big-name departure after joining recently-promoted Premier League side Wolves.
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