Man Utd lead Newcastle in Goncalo Inacio transfer race as they prepare £38m offer for Sporting defender

MANCHESTER UNITED are in the best position to sign Sporting Lisbondefender Goncalo Inacio, according to reports.

Inacio, 20, is one of the most sought-after young defenders in Europe ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.

After rising through the ranks in Sporting's academy, he made his first team breakthrough in the 2020/21 season.

In the same season he also helped the club to their 19th Primeira Liga title – ending an 18-year title drought.

But now it's likely that he will move to England in the next few months.

According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Man Utd are very keen on the idea of bringing him to Old Trafford.

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Inacio's current contract expires in 2026, so Sporting will expect a significant fee for the defender.

Reports have suggested that the Lions will not consider any offer that is less than his £38million release clause.

Newcastle are also known to be interested, but the Red Devils are currently leading the transfer race.

Man Utd are expected to completely revamp their squad this summer following an underwhelming season.

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Around seven players are expected to depart, including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

New boss Erik ten Hag already has his sights set on some big names, including Villarreal defender Pau Torres.

Frenkie de Jong is also a target as ten Hag is keen to reunite with the former Ajax man.

Southampton skipper James Ward-Prowse is another key transfer target, but he is expected to come with a hefty transfer fee of £75million.

And Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has also been heavily linked with a move to Manchester, however, he has already hinted that he intends to stay at Elland Road.

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