The Gunners are understood to be in the market for a winger to fill the void left by Alexis Sanchez’s departure to join Manchester United in January and could be set to benefit from a bargain addition.
“Gelson looks close. The transfer fits Emery’s profile. It fits Arsenal’s limited transfer budget too.”
The 23-year-old Portugal international, currently on duty with his nation at the World Cup, is poised to leave Sporting on a free transfer after citing just cause to cancel his contract with the Portuguese side.
Shocking incidents occurred at the club earlier this season when fans stormed the training ground to attack the players, which could lead to a mass exodus this summer.