Man Utd scouting Portugal international ahead of possible January move

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Goncalo Inacio earned his first cap for Portugal earlier this year (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have started scouting Portugal international centre-back Goncalo Inacio ahead of a possible January move, according to reports.

The 22-year-old has spent his entire senior career at Sporting Lisbon having progressed through the Portuguese club’s youth academy.

Inacio lifted the Primeira Liga title with Sporting in 2021 and has made 132 appearances to date, establishing himself as a key player.

He has helped Sporting to an unbeaten league start this season and they are top of the Primeira Liga table after eight games, winning seven of their fixtures.

Inacio’s impressive performances saw him earn his first cap for Portugal back in March and he scored twice in a 9-0 win over Luxembourg in September.

According to reports, Inacio is the latest player United have added to their list of potential centre-back targets and the club are now actively monitoring him.

Erik ten Hag is keen to bring in a new defender in the January transfer window and United are also looking at Benfica’s Antonio Silva, Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba with no final decision yet made.

Many factors will influence which defender United prioritise including the skills of each player, how much they will cost and the results of the scouting reports.

United’s defence has been significantly weakened by various injuries this season, with centre-back Lisandro Martinez set to be ruled out for up to three months.

The Red Devils have made a poor start to the 2023-24 campaign, with Ten Hag’s side 10th in the Premier League after losing half of their eight fixtures, while they have suffered Champions League defeats to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray.

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