Sporting CP defender Goncalo Incaio prefers Manchester United over Newcastle United
Manchester United target and Sporting CP defender Goncalo Inacio prefers a move to the Red Devils over Premier League rivals Newcastle United, according to O Jogo (h/t Evening Standard).
The Red Devils and the Magpies are looking to acquire the Portugal international’s services ahead of the upcoming transfer window. However, a move to the Tyneside outfit does not appeal the centre-back, while one to the Old Trafford side does.
As things stand, the Primeira Liga outfit are keen on extending the 21-year-old’s current contract and increasing the £38.5 million release clause. But he has put talks regarding a new deal with the Leoes on hold for now.
Thus, Inacio looks set on a move to the Premier League this summer. Liverpool have also been linked with the defender. It remains to be seen whether Man United will take concrete steps to acquire his services.
The Portuguese has developed into a fine centre-back over the last two seasons, cementing his place in Ruben Amorim’s team. Last season, the 21-year-old was ever-present in the Lisbon-based club’s backline.
Newcastle finished in fourth place in the PL in the previous campaign. They will be playing Champions League football next season. Eddie Howe relied mostly on Sven Botman and Fabian Schar in his backline.
As for Man United, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have been the ones who Erik ten Hag seems to trust at the club. Their partnership flourished in the Dutch manager’s first year at the Old Trafford side.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are also in the squad for now. However, our captain and the Swedish national have fallen down the pecking order.
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Therefore, it would not be a surprise to see either of them leaving the Red Devils this summer. In that case, having an eye on someone like Inacio as a potential replacement is not a bad choice.