Liverpool ‘willing to pay’ buyout clause for defender

Liverpool are reportedly ‘the favourites’ to sign a Sporting CP defender in the January transfer window.

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The January transfer window is just around the corner.

Most teams’ major moves are conducted in summer.

However, with the packed fixture schedule and the competitiveness of Europes top leagues, clubs will be looking to make additions to their squads.

Liverpool are no different. The Reds have had a stellar start to their campaign and currently reside at 2nd in the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have only lost one game and are only one point shy of league leaders, Manchester City.

The pair face each other on the 25th of November, in what could already be a defining moment of the season.

The Cityzens have succumbed to a few injuries before the matchup, although, it is unknown whether or not the affected players will be available for selection.

One of the Reds’ strong points this season has been captain, Virgil Van Dijk.

The Netherlands international has been back to his best of late, showing why he’s one of the best in the world.

However, his central partner has been chopped and changed throughout the season.

Whether that be due to injury or form, Van Dijk has been partnered with the likes of Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and Jarell Quansah thus far.

Despite having a plethora of options in the centre of defence, each player seems to have their own problems with injuries.

Hence why, over the course of summer, Klopp was vying for the transfer of a centre-back.

His prayers might well now be answered after the Reds are reportedly ‘willing to pay’ the buyout clause for Gonçalo Inacio.

As reported by El Nacional, Liverpool are ‘the favourites’ to buy the 22-year-old.

His release clause is currently set at a figure of around £52.5million.

However, despite being favourites, the Anfield club are not the only ones looking to sign the defender.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are also looking at the prospect of signing the Portugal international.

The reports states that Florentino Perez sees Inacio as a ‘magnificent successor’ to veteran, Nacho Fernandez.

Fernandez’s contract is set to expire in June and it is unlikely that Madrid will renew it this summer.

Meaning the Spanish giants will be a centre-back down going into the 2024/25 season.

The report also states that one thing Liverpool can offer the defender which the Spanish clubs can’t is a guaranteed starting role.

The defender would be an ideal partner for Van Dijk for many years to come.

And, with the 32-year-old’s guidance, Inacio would become even better than what he is now.

Only time will tell if LFC are willing to break the bank for the defender in January.

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