Liverpool is on the lookout to bolster their defensive lineup, and one name that has surfaced prominently is Goncalo Inacio. Recent reports heavily link the Portuguese international with a potential move to Anfield from Sporting CP during the upcoming January transfer window. The Reds were initially associated with Andre Trindade, a defensive midfielder from Fluminense, but their interest seems to have waned, with Fulham now appearing as the frontrunners for his services.
Jurgen Klopp has shifted focus towards fortifying Liverpool’s defense, having prioritized midfield reinforcement in the previous summer transfer window. Reports indicate that Liverpool is keen to secure the services of Goncalo Inacio. They aim to make him the fifth most expensive signing in the club’s history, with proposed fee of £52.4 million.
Goncalo Inacio: Key to Liverpool’s defensive restructure
Goncalo Inacio is a key figure in Ruben Amorim’s Sporting CP setup. According to reports, the club would only consider offers that fulfil his release clause of £52.4 million. Liverpool’s defensive struggles in last season was primarily due to inconsistency, which led to their failure to finish EPL top-four. While Van Dijk has shown promising signs upon his return, concerns linger about the aging profiles of both Van Dijk and Matip. Gomez’s role fluctuates constantly, while Konate has been out frequently due to injuries.
Hence, the pursuit of a young and robust center-back seems imperative, and Goncalo Inacio emerges as an ideal candidate. However, It’s still unclear if he would feel inclined to leave Sporting CP in the middle of the campaign.
Goncalo Inacio boasts five senior appearances for Portugal, showcasing a remarkable record of not conceding a goal. His recent international stint saw him contribute significantly in Portugal’s 2-0 victory against Iceland, playing the full 90 minutes.
Liverpool’s pursuit of Goncalo Inacio suggests a strategic move to fortify their defensive setup, marking him as a potential solution to bolster their backline and strengthen their defensive resilience.