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Newcastle United plotting subsequent summer bid for young-gun January target

Goncalo Inacio, Sporting Lisbon, November 2021.

Newcastle United are reportedly planning a bid for Sporting CP centre-back Goncalo Inacio, who they were keen on in January.

Inacio was one of a number of reported centre-back targets for the Magpies in January. Indeed, they landed Brighton giant Dan Burn, and were in for a few more.

Diego Carlos and Sven Botman were the two most publicly sought-after central defenders. However, Newcastle failed in the pursuits of both stars.

Another centre-back they were keen on in January was Sporting’s Inacio. The youngster was the subject of a reported £25million bid from the Magpies.

The 20-year-old broke into the Sporting side last season. Indeed, he had an impact during his 20 league games, scoring and assisting once each, on the way to winning the title.

He has had even more of an impact this season, after fully breaking into the side. The Portuguese has started almost every game he has been available for, with 21 starts.

What’s more, Sporting have conceded just 17 goals this term, so Inacio, along with his teammates, is keeping teams at bay well.

Respected journalist Ekrem Konur claims that Newcastle are keen on going back in for the centre-back. He reports via Twitter that they are preparing an offer for the summer window.

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There is no mention of the cost of the bid. However, given the bid that was apparently rejected for Inacio in January was reported to be £25million, it will likely be more than that.

Given Newcastle will reportedly not spend silly money in the summer, that could be one of just a few deals.

Inacio could be big part of new era

Goncalo Inacio playing for Sporting CP

Newcastle appear to have entered into the new era that was expected of them when the takeover of the club was completed last October.

They splashed around £90million in January, bringing in Burn, Chris Wood, Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier. Those signings have all had some impact on the squad already.

It seems more of the same might be in store in the summer, not massive-money signings, but ones that could positively impact the squad.

Indeed, Inacio could well fit into that category, should the Magpies complete the deal.

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