Could Rangers manager Philippe Clement be interested in a move for former Portugal and Sporting winger Gelson Martins, 28, who is out of contract in the summer?
It’s been widely reported that Clement wants to reunite with some of the players he’s formally worked with, and trusts, and Martins and he worked together at Monaco for Clement’s entire time in the Principality, not that it was an especially productive spell for Martins – just a goal and 3 assists in 34 appearances.
The attacker has an ok CV, not a spectacular one, with 27 goals and 30 assists for Sporting in 140 appearances, 16 and 14 for Monaco in 129 total.
At 28, a free agent in the summer, he would represent a familiar face for Clement, even if his current salary at around £60,000 a week is too steep for Rangers to sanction.
We’re also not quite sure overall he’s of the level these days that Rangers need, although he does have 14 appearances in the Champions League and managed a couple of assists and a goal in them, which is better than absolutely nothing.
Market value these days is a modest £3M, he’s surplus in Monte Carlo, but at his best he was a £30M player – at least, that’s what Monaco paid for him.
So he does have it in his locker.
But it’s safe to say he’s not exactly set Ligue 1 on fire, and was stronger, albeit not by a massive amount, in Portugal.
But Rangers do love a free agent, and Martins would be free to sign a pre-contract in January if Clement does want to make a move for the right winger.
End of the day, we trust Clement a lot already, and while this guy on paper doesn’t absolutely set us on fire with excitement, he knows him a lot better than we do and if he wants him, we’re sure the club will try to make it happen.
But there are many other fish in the sea and many other ex-players Clement has worked with who are even better so we will see in time what the boss wants to do.