Despite securing a 1-0 victory against Luton Town at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s overall performance once again raised concerns, highlighting the need for squad reinforcement in the upcoming winter transfer window.

The primary focus appears to be strengthening the defensive line.

According to reports from Portugal, Sporting CP’s Goncalo Inacio is drawing interest from Manchester United, Liverpool, and Real Madrid, and these clubs are set to observe his performance against Benfica.

Spanish media suggests that Manchester United is the frontrunner in the Premier League to secure the services of the Portuguese international from Sporting CP.

As reported by AS yesterday, Manchester United is actively seeking a new center-back, with Inacio being the primary target in England.

Real Madrid leads the race, with the 22-year-old expressing his desire to join the Bernabeu, following in the footsteps of Portugal legends Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Inacio’s contract with Sporting CP includes a release clause of 60 million euros (£52.6m). Sporting CP is reportedly open to a payment plan, with an initial payment of 45 million euros and the remainder tied to easily achievable objectives.

Manchester United is considered Real Madrid’s strongest competitor in the race to secure Inacio’s services during the January transfer window.

The question arises: Should Manchester United trigger the release clause to sign the talented Seleccao star in the winter?

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