Following reports from the English media claiming that Liverpool lead the race for Sporting defender Ousmane Diomande, the Portuguese press now brings their slant on it.

Newspaper Jornal de Notícias today features a piece claiming that Ruben Amorim’s arrival at Anfield could ‘accelerate’ that pursuit.

It’s actually said it’s not only Diomande who Liverpool could go after, as his centre-back partner Gonçalo Inácio is also very much appreciated by the coach.

The newspaper points out that since Amorim likes to play with three defenders, his ‘preferred tactical scheme’ will require the Reds to buy new players for that position.

Inácio is said to be a great solution for that problem, as €60m is needed to trigger his release clause at Sporting, and he’s thought to be more ready for the move than Diomande.

Both players had been linked to Liverpool long before Amorim was considered for the job, so it would actually be no shock if the Reds go for one of them in the summer.

Sporting remain focused on their objectives at the end of the season, though, so it’s unlikely they’d start negotiating their exits now.