With Gonçalo Inácio having a great season at Sporting, we’ve been seeing him linked to a few Premier League clubs recently.
Newcastle United and Manchester United are two of the English sides who were said to be interested in him, with his departure from the Lions at the end of the season looking more and more likely.
Now as newspaper O Jogo today features a piece on the player’s situation, they reveal that Inácio actually has a preference regarding his future.
It’s first claimed that Sporting are having a hard time renewing the 21-year-old’s contract. They want to raise his €45m release clause to something between €50m and €80m, to feel more protected about his sale, but an agreement is far from reached.
The problem is that the player is actually focused on joining a ‘top European club’, and that’s where the English sides are mentioned. It’s said he was ‘not interested’ in Newcastle’s project when the Magpies came for him, as he’s ‘confident’ of a bigger move.
Sporting are set to do their best to get that contract renewal just to guarantee Inácio won’t leave for only €45m. They want that done as soon as possible, afraid that the likes of Newcastle and Manchester United will show up in the summer.