Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk are approaching veteran status, with the former in particularly noticeable decline and expected to leave the club next summer when his contract expires.
Liverpool, looking to strengthen their final line, were in the market for a left-handed center back during the summer transfer window.
After an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Chelsea defender Levi Colwill, the player agreed to a long-term contract. While names such as Dutch U-21 defender Mickey van de Ven, who moved to Tottenham Hotspur, have surfaced, Portuguese defender Gonzalo Inácio, who signed a new contract with Sporting CP, has been reported as one of the candidates.
According to Anfield Watch, Liverpool continues to be interested in the Portuguese center-back and could make a move for him in the January transfer window. Note that, having agreed to a new contract, the amount of the release clause has been raised, requiring €60 million.
He has extensive experience in the Champions League and Europa League, has made over “80” appearances in the Liga Portugal Bewin, and has become an absolute regular in the team. and has already scored two goals in three games.
Not only Liverpool, but Manchester United and Newcastle United are also targeting him, and a battle could develop over the left-handed center back for Portugal.
While it is by no means easy competition, €60 million is a sum that is well worth preparing for. If more money is needed, Liverpool will have no chance, as they are not as well funded as the Portuguese side.
Where does the future lie for Gonzalo Inácio, who is close to making the step up from Portugal?