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AC Milan are reportedly ready to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United in pursuit of Sporting Lisbon tyro Gelson Martins.

According to, while the youngster is unlikely to make a move during the midseason window, both of the aforementioned big names are positioning themselves for a summer pursuit, with Inter Milan also said to be keeping a close eye on the winger.

Martins has enjoyed a wonderful start to the 2016-17 season, impressing both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League for Sporting. As the report noted, he’s said to have a release clause of €60 million (£53.3 million) in his current contract.

Young players excelling at the highest level always create buzz, but in the case of the Sporting man, there seems to be a special swagger in the way he operates. Here’s why he’s been tipped to accomplish great things in the future:

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