Report: Liverpool will have to pay £39 million for 21-year-old defensive target
The Reds have reportedly been tracking the 21-year-old central defender for some time and are prepared to make a move for him this summer, according to a report from A Bola (h/t SportWitness).
Goncalo Inacio, a defender for Sporting CP, has been linked to Liverpool.
Sporting CP is ready to offload the defender in the upcoming weeks, but they would expect the entire payment of his €45 million (£39 million) release clause.
The Portuguese company, however, is willing to discuss the payment schedule. They are willing to take bonuses that are simple to obtain, which may make the transfer easier for the player’s prospective employers.
Liverpool need to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer and Inacio would be a quality long-term acquisition.
The Reds have been quite vulnerable at the back this season and players like Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have been largely underwhelming.
Liverpool should look to bring an upgrade on the two players and Inacio has the potential to develop into a top-class defender.
The 21-year-old central defender can operate as a defensive full-back as well, and his versatility will be an added bonus.
Liverpool certainly have the financial means to pay the reported €45 million asking price and it remains to be seen whether the two clubs can get a deal done.
It is unlikely that Liverpool will be the only club looking to sign the 21-year-old this summer, and the Reds should look to move quickly in order to beat the competition from other clubs