Liverpool are being heavily linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Gelson Martins – which is intriguing news for fantasy football managers.
The Reds are reportedly in talks with the Portuguese club over their prized asset, according to Sky Sports, with Martins viewed as an alternative if they are priced out of a deal for Mohamed Salah.
How does the game work?
Dream Team 2017/18
- This year’s fantasy football game will absolutely FREE for all players to play
- The total prize pot is an approximated £750,000
- Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday
- £50m budget on 11 eligible players
The move may just be a smokescreen to push the Salah transfer through but it is believed Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the young Portugal star should their number one target evade them.
Martins is unpredictable, direct and would add some much needed pace to the Liverpool attack which they lacked after Sadio Mane’s knee injury last season.
He made his Portugal debut as a substitute last October after announcing himself to the global stage with a brilliant individual display against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Sporting value him at near £50m, but are likely to sell for much less given the financial pressure to offload some players after failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Martins might not exactly be a household name amongst English football fans but, should Liverpool opt for him over Salah, he’s an extremely exciting prospect.
WhoScored, Dream Team’s ratings providers, gave the tricky winger a rating of 7.26 overall and 7.31 in the Portuguese top flight for his performances last season after he racked up seven goals and nine assists.
To put that in some context, only Porto winger Yacine Brahimi (7.50) outperformed him according to their data.
In comparison with his Premier League winger counterparts, Martins’ rating is only bettered by Eden Hazard (7.81), Sadio Mane (7.51) and Wilfried Zaha (7.39).
Given his relatively unproven nature, we believe if Liverpool do bring him in he’ll be valued around the same as what Zaha (£2.5m) was priced on the Dream Team game at the beginning of last season.
When can I sign up to Dream Team?
You can start getting your teams in as early as July 3 2017 – some six weeks before the Premier League season gets underway.
That gives you an awfully long time to monitor the transfer market and choose your team accordingly, with City’s new signings likely to be hot on the agenda for Dream Team managers.
The closing date for the season game, therefore, will be the first day of the Premier League campaign on August 12 2017.