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Liverpool Could Lose Out On This Lisbon Defender: Should Klopp Rush A Deal?

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According to a report from Liverpool Echo, Goncalo Inacio, the Sporting Lisbon defender, allegedly prefers a transfer to Manchester United during the summer transfer window instead of Liverpool and Newcastle United. This summer, the Merseyside club has been associated with a potential acquisition of the talented defender, specifically targeting a left-sided centre-half under Klopp’s watch.

However, acquiring Inacio may be a difficult task for the Reds. Inacio is said to have a release clause of approximately £38m, and he has decided to postpone discussions regarding a new contract with the Portuguese outfit.

Inacio’s Impressive Numbers For Sporting Lisbon This Season

Inacio had a decent campaign with the Portuguese outfit as he managed to put in a series of solid performances at the heart of Lisbon’s backline. The 21-year-old has registered three goals and three assists in 48 matches for his club this season across all competitions.

The Portuguese sensation has been a rock at the back based on his average of 1.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.9 clearances per 90 minutes in Liga Portugal. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from inside his half after making 90% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Portuguese football (stats via whoscored).

Goncalo Inacio linked to Liverpool
Juventus’ Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria (L) and Sporting CP’s Portuguese defender Goncalo Inacio go for a header during the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals first leg football match between Juventus and Sporting CP, on April 13, 2023, at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Should Klopp Rush In For A Deal To Bring Him To Liverpool?

Inacio possesses strong tackling skills and demonstrates good timing in his challenges, allowing him to make crucial interceptions for his team. He has a keen awareness of potential threats and is not hesitant to clear the ball when the opposition is pressing.

The Portuguese talent excels in building play from the defensive line, which aligns well with Jurgen Klopp’s style of football at Liverpool. However, there are concerns about his ability to adapt to English football’s physicality and high tempo.

Nevertheless, it is anticipated that Inacio would enhance the defensive solidity of the Reds. His arrival could contribute to Liverpool’s push for a top-four position in the Premier League next season. Being just 21 years old, he has his prime years ahead of him, making it advisable for Klopp to make every effort to entice him to Anfield when the transfer window opens.

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