Arsenal lead race to sign Sporting star Goncalo Inacio

By on December 26, 2023

Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Sporting CP star Goncalo Inacio in the upcoming transfer window, as per the Portuguese outlet A Bola.

After impressing for Ruben Amorim’s side in recent times, the 22-year-old has been attracting a lot of attention from several Premier League clubs over the last few months. Manchester United and Liverpool have reportedly been showing an interest in acquiring his service, but the Gunners have recently emerged as a new potential suitor for the Portugal international.

However, according to the report by A Bola, Arsenal have now jumped in front of the queue ahead of their rivals in the race to sign Inacio next year.

The report further claims that it is inevitable the defender will leave Sporting over the coming weeks so Arsenal can sign him next year should they formalise their interest. But, he has a £52m release clause included in his current contract so, the North London club will have to spend big to sign the youngster.

Inacio to Arsenal

The 22-year-old is a versatile player as although he is a centre-back by traits but can also play in the left-back position. He is quick, good in the air, comfortable playing out from the back, efficient in defensive contributions and also reads the game well.

With Arsenal struggling with injury problems at their back in recent times, Inacio would be a shrewd signing to add depth to their defence if Mikel Arteta’s side purchase him in January.

However, it has been suggested that Arsenal have been prioritising signing a new midfielder and striker next month to help Arteta continue the title charge in the second half of this season.

So, it is going to be interesting to see whether the Emirates club can afford to sign the Portugal international as well if they purchase a new midfielder and striker in January.

Meanwhile, following a hard-fought draw against Liverpool last weekend, Arsenal will face off against West Ham United in the Premier League in midweek. So, the North London club will be desperate to beat the Hammers at the Emirates Stadium to keep hold of their place at the top of the table.