Newcastle United are insistent on bringing in Goncalo Inacio from Sporting Lisbon this summer, Record claim.
Inacio may have signed a new deal with the club from Portugal last month. But, his release clause still remains in his new deal, according to the same report.
Sporting Lisbon still seem determined to keep hold of their centre-back, despite his exit clause, and have reportedly told Newcastle that Inacio is a ‘non-negotiable asset’. The Magpies offered £25 million in January for the Turkish international, which was rejected at the time.
Despite the fact that Newcastle signed Dan Burn in January, they’ll look to revisit the centre-back position. A number of names could leave this summer, especially in defence.
Newcastle will need to be careful they don’t overspend on Inacio
Goncalo Inacio is certainly an exciting talent for someone his age. But Newcastle United will need to be careful, clubs know of their wealth and may try to make the price even higher. Sporting Lisbon could well do this to get more money out of the Magpies
Other defenders have been linked with Newcastle as well as Inacio. Including Lloyd Kelly, who made it into the Championship’s Team of the Season. He’s also fairly young at only 23-years old.
The likes of Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez could well part this summer. They haven’t featured much under Eddie Howe. What will likely happen is they’ll be sold and the Toon will persue a couple of defensive transfer targets.
Dan Burn, Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles will all likely remain at the club next season. All three have shown improvment since Howe’s arrival. Epespecially Burn and Schar who have established themselves as a strong unit.
What the Toon need to remember is that that they have a wide range of options. With the wealth they have, they can persue many transfer targets. So if a club tries to rip them off, they can always look elshwere and not overspend which the likes of Aston Villa and Everton have done in the past.