The World Cup is doing nothing to dampen the transfer rumour mill regarding the Premier League, as Arsenal once again are mentioned in the same breath as a player.

Last week, The Arsenal Review published a story regarding Sporting Lisbon and Portugal winger Gelson Martins, amid rumoured interest from our club.

This was fuelled by the extraordinary circumstances ongoing at the club, where severe criticism from the club’s president and fans attacking the players at the training ground has led three high profile Sporting players moving to terminate their contracts - leaving any approach for them to be a free transfer.

This isn’t confirmed, but what has been confirmed is our interest in the player, according to Sky Sports.

Gelson Martins is currently with the Portugal team competing at the World Cup, but Arsenal will be competing for his signature - free transfer or not - with a fair amount of other clubs.

Martins scored and assisted a fair amount last season, but it wasn’t enough to earn Sporting Lisbon a Champions League spot, and this is why the ire of the fans are prompting their star players to seek greener pastures.

Could Arsenal do with width? It all depends on what system Unai Emery opts for. He is known to favour a 4-2-3-1, with a focus on pressing. That means any width will require mileage from the player, and Gelson can run the flanks like clockwork.

If Gelson is not allowed to terminate his contract, then a fee around the 20m mark is expected to allow clubs to sit in negotiations with Gelson, who has plenty of admirers across Europe. If Arsenal are looking to further stack their squad, then a transfer battle is on our hands.

Still, confirmation of our interest in the player is a good sign. Keep them peeled on The Arsenal Review.