Goncalo Inacio to Liverpool transfer truth emerges after '£26m bid made' by Reds

Liverpool are not in 'concrete' discussions to sign Goncalo Inacio from Sporting despite claims to the contrary. Reports from Portugal have stated that Liverpool have made a bid in region of £26million for the centre-back.

Inacio is one of the best young central defenders in Europe with the 22-year-old a near ever-present for Liga Portugal leaders Sporting this season. And he was linked with Liverpool in the summer as they shopped for a new left-sided centre-half.

The Reds sought to buy Levi Colwill from Chelsea but he signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge instead. And Liverpool then opted against pursuing an alternative, despite links to Inacio, Micky van de Ven - who is now at Tottenham - and Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi among others.

Inacio has now been mentioned as a potential signing for the January transfer window. Jorge das Transferencias claimed that a £26m offer has been tabled for the Portugal international who has a release clause of almost £52m in his contract.

Sporting academy product Inacio only renewed his contract until 2027 at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in August and declared: "I am very happy to stay here." And Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed claims Liverpool have submitted an official proposal to Sporting are overstated.

He explained on Kick: "Goncalo Inacio to Liverpool? Weve had this story on Inacio and Liverpool for three or four years. We hear that Liverpool are close to signing Inacio, but it's usually the same person linking Inacio to Liverpool.

"At the moment I'm not aware of a change, he's a player they have scouted for a long time, but it's not something concrete." Indeed, it appears the Merseyside club are not planning much January business. They had long been linked with a midfielder - namely Fluminense's Andre Trindade - but they are not expected to follow up their interest in the Brazilian with an approach.

That is not to completely rule out the prospect that Liverpool will strengthen this month. They have bought Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo in the past two January windows, fast-tracking their interest in the duo to prevent them joining rivals Tottenham and United instead.

But Klopp has already played down the idea of signing a centre-back. He said: "Tell me a club who wants to sell a top, top centre-half who could play for Liverpool? It was never wonderland, where you bring in a world-class centre-half until the other is fit again.


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