Liverpool’s hunt for a center-back continues : make £26m bid for Inacio

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Reports from Portugal have stated that Liverpool have made a bid in region of £26 million for Goncalo Inacio. Inacio is one of the best young center-backs with the 22-year-old being ever-present for Liga Portugal leaders Sporting this season.

He was also linked with Liverpool in the summer, as the Reds shopped for a left-sided center-half. The Reds sought to buy Levi Colwill from Chelsea but he signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge instead. Liverpool then opted against pursuing an alternative, despite links to Inacio, Micky van de Ven and Marc Guehi among others.

Inacio to Liverpool looks unlikely

Despite reports claiming a £26 million offer being made, Inacio to Liverpool looks more unlikely than likely. Reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano explained on Kick that we’ve had this story of Inacio to the Anfield for 3-4 years now, but it’s usually the same person linking the player and the club.

The Portuguese signed a new contract with Sporting CP in August 2023, which will tie him to the club till 2027. After signing a new deal, the center-back said: “I am very happy to stay here”.

Klopp plays down a move in January

Liverpool have done significant business in January in the past. They have bought Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo in the past two January windows. They even bought Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 and sold Philippe Coutinho in the same transfer window.

However, Liverpool manager played down a move for Inacio or any other center-back at least this January. He said: “Tell me a club who wants to sell a top, top center-half who could play for Liverpool? It was never wonderland, where you bring in a world-class center-half until the other is fit again. Other clubs don’t put them under the Christmas tree for us and say, ‘Take it and use it as long as you need it’.”

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