Manchester United are closely monitoring Sporting Lisbon defender Goncalo Inacio
United have “sent a scout” to Portugal to monitor his progress. The 22-year-old is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top centre-backs in European football right now.
Inacio joined Sporting’s academy in 2012 and has been a member of the team for nearly ten years. He has played 130 games since his debut in 2020 and has scored 11 goals from defence and also has given 8 assists. It is quite impressive for a defender to have such a tempting stat and the fact that he has played so many games for the Portuguese side shows us that he has the potential.
The Primeira Liga team’s centre-back situation is being monitored by the Old Trafford team, who are considering a move for the centre-back. He might be acquired to bolster the Red Devils’ backline. He has signed a new contract with Sporting, but it includes a €60 million (£45 million) release clause that United are willing to match.
Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are currently at Erik ten Hag’s disposal. This is because Lisandro Martinez is out due to an injury and seems to be sidelined for at least another 2 months. Erik ten Hag rotates his team regularly, so Inacio could certainly get lots of playing time.
Additionally, United are anticipated to attempt and transfer Harry Maguire in the upcoming transfer window, which would provide even more opportunities to the likes of Inacio, should he decide to come to Manchester.
The fact that Bruno Fernandes and Goncalo Inacio have the same agent might act as a catalyst in helping the transfer take place. Sporting Lisbon’s good relations with our club date back to when Cristiano Ronaldo joined under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign. This can also be a factor that can help the transfer happen smoothly.
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What United will do as the winter transfer window draws closer is still up in the air at this point. However, it still seems that signing the young defender can help us from the crisis that our club is facing at the moment.