AS Monaco have completed the signing of forward Gelson Martins on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season. The transfer paves the way for Alvaro Morata to join the Spanish club on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season.
Newcastle United were also interested in signing the Portuguese winger and the club even made an inquiry. But, eventually Martins decided to join the French side for the second half of the season. Monaco are currently in 19th place in Ligue 1 and have to fear relegation to the Ligue 2.
Martins joined Atletico last summer on a free transfer from Sporting Portugal but has failed to claim a regular place under Diego Simeone. He has made only 12 appearances for Atletico this season across all competitions. Martins has also earned 23 caps for the Portugal national team.