Newcastle ‘insistent’ on signing 20-year-old centre-half after failing with £25m January bid

According to reports, Newcastle are refusing to give up on signing Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio after having a January bid rejected.

Despite the arrival of Dan Burn from Brighton in January, the Magpies are expected to bring in at least one new central defender in the summer.

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They have been linked with numerous players – including Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Lille’s Sven Botman, who were top targets in the winter transfer window.

Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez could leave St James’ Park this summer, with Fabian Schar recently signing a contract extension.

According to Portuguese outlet Record (via Geordie Boot Boys), Newcastle are ‘insistent’ on signing Inacio from Sporting this summer.

The 20-year-old recently penned a new deal lasting until 2026 but a summer sale should not be ruled out.

Newcastle reportedly offered £25m to sign Inacio in January, with Sporting not interested. It is believed that they would be willing to negotiate a deal worth around €35m (£29.4m).

Inacio has played 42 times across all competitions this season and scored in the Allianz Cup final as his side beat Benfica 2-1 on January 29.

Gonçalo Inácio is leading the way for Primeira Liga players under 21 this season:

◉ Most attempted passes (1,160)
◉ Most completed passes (1,053)
◉ Most headed goals (2)
◉ 91% pass accuracy

A Portuguese central defender that can pass? Expect a call from Mr Guardiola.

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Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Eddie Howe was able to take plenty of positives from his side’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

He said: “I think Liverpool were probably not at their best but we weren’t either and when you play these games you have to be. We competed well but lacked the quality that could have got us a goal.

“It is difficult to it consistently against Liverpool as they have the quality to produce a counter-attack out of nothing. We were much more aggressive in the second half but did not have any concerted pressure in the game.

“We were not at our best today but we were still in the game right to the end, so there are positives to take. But we set our standards very high and next week we have to do much better.”

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