Liverpool is reportedly gearing up to make their first January signing by preparing a bid for Sporting Lisbon’s Goncalo Inacio. The Portuguese talent has been on Liverpool’s radar for several months as they aim to strengthen their defensive lineup.
The claim, shared by Correiro da Manha, comes amid a relatively quiet January transfer window for most Premier League clubs, excluding teams like Tottenham. The report suggests that Liverpool will need to meet Inacio’s full release clause of €60m (£51.4m) to secure his services in January.
While there are concerns about Inacio’s aerial abilities, with doubts raised about his prowess in that aspect of the game, the potential signing depends on Liverpool’s overall strategic approach. Liverpool, known for their aerial dominance in the box, may have reservations about a player who doesn’t fit that mold.
However, Inacio’s stats reveal him as a “progressive demon,” boasting impressive percentiles for both progressive passes (99th percentile) and progressive carries (96th percentile), according to data compiled by FBref. This indicates that despite any concerns about his aerial game, Inacio could bring a different dimension to Liverpool’s defensive strategy, possibly influencing Jurgen Klopp’s decision-making in the transfer market.