Recent speculations have strongly linked Manchester United to Portuguese talent, Goncalo Inacio, and emerging reports suggest a potential deal is on the horizon to secure the defender from Sporting CP.
Notably, a recent story (via Record) emphasized that the 22-year-old standout would only be available for transfer in January if the Lions’ stipulated release clause of £51.6m (60 million euros) is met.
Yesterday, the reputable Spanish outlet, AS, unveiled details (refer to the provided news image below) indicating that a competitive race to sign Inacio includes notable contenders such as Real Madrid and Manchester United.
AS reported Sporting’s preference for activating the clause while also signaling flexibility in negotiation with interested parties.
Furthermore, the disclosed release clause of £60 million appears open to installment payments.
According to the available information, the Primera Liga giants would be open to accepting an initial bid of £38.8m (45 million euros), with the remaining £12.8m (15 million euros) structured around easily achievable objectives.
Erik ten Hag, in his strategic move to fortify the defense last year, brought in Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia.
Unfortunately, the defensive duo has spent a considerable amount of time on the treatment table during the current season.
Conversely, the inconsistency displayed by Maguire, Varane, and Lindelof in the center-back positions has emphasized the need for Manchester United to secure a robust central defender during the winter transfer window.
Inacio stands out as a quality talent to meet this requirement.
Given the circumstances, what is your perspective on whether Manchester United should proceed with submitting an initial bid of £38.8m to secure the services of Goncalo Inacio in the upcoming month?