Gelson Martins

English Premier League club Arsenal are interested in Portugal winger Gelson Martins and are also in advanced talks with Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to Sky sources.

The Gunners have also agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund for defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, with the transfer expected to be formally announced on July 1.

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Martins could be available on a free transfer as he is one of four Sporting Lisbon players who moved to terminate their contracts, citing ‘just cause’ after Sporting’s players were attacked at the club’s training ground last month.

The 23-year-old, who is part of Portugal’s World Cup squad, scored 10 goals in 42 appearances for Sporting last season.

Leno was named in Germany’s provisional squad for Russia but did not make the final 23. He has made 304 appearances for Leverkusen but has been reportedly told he can leave the club after they signed Finnish stopper Lukas Hradecky from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 26-year-old Leno would be a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, who turned 36 last month.