Liverpool is reportedly looking to strengthen their defensive lineup. Hence, there has been significant speculation linking Goncalo Inacio to the club. Two days ago, TEAMtalk reported that Liverpool is considering a move to sign the Portuguese international from Sporting CP. They are thinking of a move in the upcoming January transfer window.
Liverpool has a strong link with Fluminense’s defensive midfielder, Andre Trindade. However, recent reports from TEAMtalk suggest that Liverpool has decided to end their interest in signing the Brazilian. Meanwhile, Fulham is now reportedly the favorite to secure his services.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly obsessed on strengthening the team’s defense after bolstering the midfield during the summer. The latest reports suggest that the club is ambitious to secure Goncalo Inacio from Sporting CP for a fee of £52.4 million. This would be the fifth biggest signing in the club’s history.
What triggered Liverpool in pursuing Goncalo Inacio?
Goncalo Inacio is one of the key players in Ruben Amorim’s Sporting CP side. And reports indicate that the club will only allow him to leave if Liverpool or any club meets his release clause of £52.4 million. Liverpool is aiming to address their defensive concerns. The club identifies that as a major factor in their failure to secure a top-four finish in the previous campaign.
This season, Virgil van Dijk returned to top form. But both he and Matip are way past their prime. Gomez is a utility player, and Konate has struggled with injuries. Consequently, Liverpool is seeking to acquire a young and robust center-back, and Goncalo Inacio is an ideal signing. The player’s willingness to leave Sporting in the middle of the campaign remains to be seen.
Goncalo Inacio already has five first team appearances for Portugal. Meanwhile, he didn’t concede a goal yet. His recent international break saw him feature for the full 90 minutes in Portugal’s 2-0 victory against Iceland.
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