Newcastle United ready to pay €70 million to sign Goncalo Inacio

Newcastle United are reportedly prepared to fork out €70 million to sign 22-year-old Sporting CP defender Goncalo Inacio, a target for Real Madrid.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Goncalo Inacio is the subject of interest from Newcastle United. The Magpies are ready to cough up €70 million to sign the Sporting CP centre-back. The 22-year-old is also a target for La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid.

Goncalo Inacio: An Eligible Centre-Back

Goncalo Inacio has become one of the most highly sought-after defenders in the market since breaking into the Sporting CP first team. The Portuguese international made his senior bow for Sporting CP in October 2020. Since then, he has come leaps and bounds, establishing himself as one of the best young centre-backs in the world.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old has also broken into his national team, becoming a regular for the Seleccao. At the club level, he has turned out nearly 150 times thus far for Sporting CP, chipping in with 14 goals and eight assists. Inacio’s progress has not gone unnoticed, with several high-profile clubs setting their sights on him.

Many Premier League bigwigs are keen on signing the Sporting CP defender. Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United have regularly scouted the youngster. But he is also a target for Newcastle United, with the Magpies promising a January bid. Meanwhile, Inacio is also the subject of interest from Real Madrid.

Newcastle United vs Real Madrid for Inacio?

Recent reports have claimed that the 22-year-old prefers a move to Real Madrid. So, Newcastle United will have to work hard to get the Portuguese international onboard at St. James’ Park. Meanwhile, the Merengues need a centre-back in January after David Alaba sustained a long-term knee injury last weekend.

Goncalo Inacio is thus a viable target for Real Madrid. As for Newcastle United, with Fabian Schar on the wrong side of 30, the Sporting CP defender is an option worth considering. Inacio can be Sven Botman’s long-term central defensive partner. And the Magpies are ready to pay €70 million to secure his services.

€70 million is higher than Inacio’s release clause of €60 million. But Newcastle United can pay the money in more instalments, making it an attractive mode of payment. But with the 22-year-old Portuguese international keen on joining Real Madrid, it will be interesting to see how this story evolves.

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