Barcelona confirm they have been scouting Sporting's Gelson Martins

Barcelona don't stop and continue to scour the market for potential signings. If a few days ago sporting director Robert Fernandez was watching Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo, now it's been confirmed that the club's scouts have also been following a Sporting Lisbon player. The man in question is Gelson Martins, a pacey winger who's having an excellent season. 

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"The only thing I can say is that we are wathcing Gelson. He's a young player with a lot of talent who Barcelona are observing and will continue to observe. We have reports on various players and Gelson is one of them," Ariedo Braida confirmed to Portuguese newspaper Record. 

"A January signing? No. We're just watching him, we've not even spoke with anyone about Gelson. We're just limited to observing his performances. I won't lie to you, we're following him, but we aren't negotiating with anyone. Many players disappear with time, others grow. Gelson Martins has the potential to be a great player and we will see how he evolves." 

Gelson Martins has been called up to the Portugal squad following his good performances for his club, including against Real Madrid in the Champions League last month. 

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