Report: Liverpool keen on Sporting Lisbon winger Martins

Liverpool are believed to be interested in signing Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins in January.

Liverpool have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins.

The 22-year-old has impressed at the Estadio Jose Alvalade this term, with nine goals and eight assists in 29 appearances.

The Reds, meanwhile, have received a hefty windfall after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a fee reportedly rising to £142m earlier in January.

According to Portuguese publication Correio da Manha, Liverpool are extremely interested in making a deal for the Portugal international happen this month.

The report goes on to claim that Martins currently has a £53m release clause in his contract, while the Reds are only prepared to pay roughly £26.5m but can offer him a five-fold salary increase.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is also believed to be an admirer of his compatriot.

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