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Sporting Lisbon Implodes, Reds Could Get Gelson Martins On A Free Transfer

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The shock cancelation of four players’ contracts means Liverpool could fill their attacking needs on the cheap.

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Under truly bizarre circumstances, a winger who has been linked to Liverpool over the past several windows, Gelson Martins, may become available for a free transfer.

Martins, along with three other players—Das Bost, William Carvalho and Bruno Fernandes—filed a notice yesterday with the Portuguese Securities Market Commission that they were unilaterally canceling their contracts, citing “just cause.”

The “just cause” they are referring to is an incident wherein more than 50 fans stormed the training facilities, injuring players and staff, including Dutch player Das Bost who suffered a head injury.

At this juncture, it is not clear whether or not their contracts will be voided. But if they are, it should allow the players to leave the club on a free transfer.

Liverpool, of course, would not be the only club watching these events unfold with interest, but the style of play, ability to pay a sizeable contract, and the allure of playing for Jürgen Klopp, all make Anfield an attractive destination for a young up-and-coming attacker.

Martins was one of the players linked to Liverpool last summer, with the Portuguese outfit rumored to want £43 million for his signature. This was before Kloppo “settled” on Mohamed Salah for less.

The 23-year-old scored 11 goals and added 9 assists in all competitions last campaign, and could certainly take a step up under Klopp’s set up.

It’s a terrible situation for Sporting, but their loss could be our gain.