Liverpool must act quick to ensure Man Utd don’t get last laugh after Prem bid ‘rejected’ | Football | Sport

Liverpool need to move fast if they hope to beat Manchester United to highly-rated Sporting Lisbon centre-back Goncalo Inacio in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old reportedly turned down a bid from Newcastle United last year in the hopes of securing a higher-profile move elsewhere.

According to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, the player is waiting for one of Liverpool, Man Utd or Real Madrid to make an offer before he considers leaving his boyhood club.

Inacilo has a £52m release clause written into his contract so Liverpool will have to submit a bid of around the same value if they hope to secure his services ahead of the other potential suitors.

Multiple reports in Portugal claim Man Utd are willing to activate Inacio’s release clause as they look to bolster their backline this winter. It’s claimed that United will go about doing so with an initial offer of £39.3m plus a further £13.1m included in add-ons and variables.

Man Utd’s bid does, however, hinge on them selling a centre back of their own. Raphael Varane is linked with a switch to Saudi Arabia although dialogue remains open with the Frenchman and his representatives over a new contract at United.

Meanwhile, Harry Maguire’s future remains uncertain after undergoing somewhat of a career resurgence this season. The Red Devils also recently extended Victor Lindelof’s contract by a further year until 2025 while Lisandro Martinez and Jonny Evans are also on their books meaning there is no shortage of reinforcements.

They will need to cut ties with at least one of those players to make space for Inacio. Elsewhere, Real Madrid, the third side Inacio is keen on joining, are also keeping tabs on the player.

Los Blancos have reportedly been keen admirers of the five-cap Portugal international for several years now and need a new centre-back with Eder Militao and David Alaba both out injured. It became clear Madrid needed more reinforcements at centre-back when midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni was deployed in a make-shift role earlier this season against Osasuna. Inacio is towards the top of their winter shortlist.

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