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Report: Man United told how much Goncalo Inacio would cost, it’s a decent price

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Manchester United have been told how much it would cost to sign Sporting Lisbon centre-back Goncalo Inacio.

Erik ten Hag is keen on bringing a new defender next summer according to Fabrizio Romano and has earmarked three targets.

One of these targets is believed to be Goncalo Inacio. The Portuguese defender has also been linked with a move to Liverpool and Real Madrid.

A report from Spanish outlet AS has detailed what it would cost interested clubs if they were to make their move for the exciting 22-year-old defender.

Goncalo Inacio of Sporting seen in action during the UEFA...

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According to the report, Sporting Lisbon wants the €60 million (£52 million) release clause paid in full but are very open to a structured payment plan to activate the clause.

A deal worth £39 million plus a further £12 million in achievable add-ons would reportedly be accepted by the Portuguese giants which could bring Manchester United to the table for the defender.

With the injury issues that Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have been dealing with, it seems a new young defender is high on the list of priorities for the former Ajax boss.


For £39 million, Inacio would represent superb value for money but there is a catch and it’s bad news for the Red Devils.

Inacio’s preference

In a huge blow for the Red Devils, the report goes on to say that the defender’s preference is not the Premier League but indeed Real Madrid.

As is the case with most European footballers, their dream is usually the Santiago Bernabeu and the Portuguese defender reportedly wants Madrid.

Not that this has stopped United in the past but they would need to work on the player’s side early and convince him that Old Trafford is the place to be for his development.

With Sir Jim Ratcliffe closing in on his takeover of the club, this could be a big plus if Paul Mitchell is brought into the fold just in time for the summer transfer window.

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