Chelsea have reportedly sent scouts to the Portuguese cup semifinal between Sporting and Porto this week, with one specific target to be watched.
As written by newspaper A Bola today, the Blues emissaries had an eye on the Lions’ winger Gelson Martins, who had a pretty good performance.
The outlet claims that the Chelsea scouts were impressed with his display, as Sporting beat Porto 1-0 in 120 minutes, making it level on aggregate, then eliminated the Dragons in a penalty shootout.
Gelson Martins has a €60m release clause, and that’s what the Portuguese press expects Sporting to demand in case a club goes for him.
Currently with 13 goals and 12 assists this season, the fast winger is considered to be one of Sporting’s biggest talents in the past few years, and Chelsea should have some big competition to get him.
Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund were other clubs who sent scouts to this match and watched Gelson’s performance as well.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to wait on Emerson Palmieri recovery
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has suggested that he is yet to decide on whether Emerson Palmieri will start against Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Marcos Alonso is currently serving a three-match ban and on Thursday night, Palmieri impressed as he deputised for the Spaniard in the 2-1 victory over Burnley in the Premier League.
However, due to Palmieri’s lack of game time since joining from Roma in January, Conte has said that it is too early to make a decision over the left wing-back.
At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: “In this moment, it’s very difficult to answer. Emerson didn’t play many games and yesterday he played a really good game. Defensively and offensively. For sure, offensively, I think he must be more positive and try and have more one versus ones, because he has these characteristics.
“We are talking about a young player who’s a really good prospect for Chelsea. I have two days to make the best decision for Sunday’s game, to understand who are the players who have recovered after yesterday’s game, and then to make the best decision. For sure, he’s in contention for Southampton’s game.”
Before his outing at Turf Moor, Palmieri had featured for just 105 minutes since moving to Stamford Bridge.