We haven’t heard of a transfer report about Gelson Martins for quite a long time, but the Portuguese press have predictably linked him with the Liverpool again.
Record reports that the player ‘won’t have a price’ after the upcoming Mundial.
It suggests that Gelson Martins’ €60m release clause can only be activated until the World Cup. After that, clubs who are eager to sign him will have to negotiate directly with Sporting, who are expected to necessitate a bigger prize.
The report states that Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have all been tracking the player, and for these clubs, ‘€60m would be just a bit more than change’.
There’s a clause in Gelson’s deal which tells that if Sporting pay the Portuguese €1.5m, then they can increase the release clause up to €100m. But that wouldn’t make much difference considering it would terminate during the World Cup anyway.
So what Record indicates to is that it’s a good option for Liverpool, Barça, Bayern, or whoever is engaged, to pay €60m for Portugal international. Because after that, the price will only increase.
During the last summer transfer window, it was reported in Portugal that Liverpool had offered €50m for the winger, which seemed a fair price at the time, but Sporting were said to have snubbed the proposal.