Manchester United are competing with Liverpool for Goncalo Inacio

16 October 2023 - 12:01 am

It was recently reported that the Red Devils will prioritize signing a new defender in the upcoming transfer window to strengthen the defense. Several names have emerged as high-profile targets, including Jean-Clair Todibo, Antonio Silva and Edmond Tapsoba, but Inacio is also reportedly on their radar.

Romano, writing on Substack, claims that Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing the Portuguese after being impressed with his recent performances.

The reporter further claimed that Inacio is a top defender with huge potential. Therefore, he would be an excellent option for the Red Devils to strengthen their defence.

However, Romano claims Liverpool are also keen on signing Inacio and have been keeping a close eye on the defender’s development ahead of a potential move. United will therefore face stiff competition from their main rivals in any potential deal for Inacio.


Romano said:

“Goncalo Inacio continues to impress as one of Europe’s top young defenders. He has shown great potential at Sporting Lisbon and is working his way onto Manchester United’s list of potential targets in recent times.

“But then there is Liverpool – the Reds have been scouting and tracking Inacio from the stands, but at the same time they have never made a formal offer or started negotiations.

“I think he would be a great option for any club, especially Liverpool or Manchester United; left-footed players at this level are very rare.”

The 22-year-old’s current deal contains a £52m release clause, so either United or Liverpool would have to spend big to lure the centre-back away from the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Liverpool appear to be looking to sign a new defender to bolster their backline as they have struggled to keep clean sheets of late. Piero Hincapie and Antonio Silva have been mentioned as potential targets, but Inácio is now emerging as a serious option.

The Portuguese is a very talented player and it would certainly be a huge coup for Liverpool or Manchester United if they could secure his services next year.

However, if United and Liverpool go toe-to-toe over the deal, it will be interesting to see who ends up signing Inacio.