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Liverpool have ruled out a transfer for Goncalo Inacio from Sporting CP

Liverpool are reportedly not considering a summer move for Sporting CP centre-back Goncalo Inacio, according to This is Anfield’s David Lynch.

Despite recent reports linking this with a move for the impressive Portugal international, Liverpool have other defensive targets and are not keeping tabs on him.

Earlier this week there were speculative reports that Liverpool and Manchester United were monitoring the 22-year-old with a possible summer move in mind.

Inacio has been a mainstay in Ruben Amorim’s backline since coming out of the youth academy in 2020. He has helped them win two Primeira Liga titles, including this season’s triumph.

However, This is Anfield claims that Inacio is not currently on the Reds’ shortlist for defensive reinforcements.

It is believed the latest reports are a tactic to drum up interest in a player long expected to move to the Premier League.

Liverpool have been scouting several central defenders since last summer to strengthen their backline.

The emergence of young defender Jarell Quansah reduced the need for a new centre-back last season, but the free transfer of Joel Matip has opened the door for a potential signing.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Willian Pacho and Lille’s Leny Yoro are among the names most frequently mentioned in recent transfer rumours.

Pacho impressed with Die Adler, helping his side keep seven clean sheets in 33 Bundesliga appearances this season.

The left-footed Ecuadorian appears to be the perfect substitute for Virgil Van Dijk, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Reds.

Meanwhile, Yoro had a breakout campaign at Lille, establishing himself as one of Europe’s best defensive talents. The lanky 18-year-old has helped Lille to 13 clean sheets in 32 Ligue 1 games, winning 63% of his matches.

With new manager Arne Slot and sporting director Richard Hughes at the helm, it remains unclear what direction Liverpool will take in their search for defensive additions.