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Arsenal now also interested in ‘complete’ £52m Spurs and Man Utd transfer target

Arsenal are scouting defenders ahead of the January transfer window, and have now been linked with Sporting CP defender Goncalo Inacio.

The Gunners have been recently linked with Inacio’s defensive partner Ousmane Diomande, as well as Sporting’s star striker Viktor Gyokeres.
Inacio is another player being eyed up by Mikel Arteta, who is keen to address the shortage of defensive depth in the back line.

They will face competition though, as journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also keen on the 22-year-old.

Arsenal are interested in Goncalo Inacio

Speaking on The Debrief, Jacobs revealed that Arsenal have been scouting Inacio alongside their Premier League rivals.
You also have the Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio who has been interesting to Tottenham, and to an extent to Arsenal as well,” he stated.

“They have done normal scouting on the player and he’s also on the list at Manchester United as well.”

What would Goncalo Inacio bring to Arsenal?
Arsenal are currently short at the back. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jurrien Timber are both injured, and there is limited cover across the back line.

Arteta has just five fit senior defenders to call upon right now, six if outcast Cedric Soares is included, but Arsenal are reportedly open to offers for the veteran in January.

Ben White is now the only available right-back beyond Cedric, whilst Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jakub Kiwior have to hold down the left side until the injured pair return.

This leaves just William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes as central options. An injury to Saliba last season saw Arsenal collapse in the title race, and Arteta cannot afford to make the same mistake again.
Inacio fits the age profile of defenders Arteta has signed in recent years, with some experience but a lot of potential, and he could become a top-class addition for Arsenal.

He has been described as “complete,” following his impressive performances for Sporting, and given the level of interest in him, other clubs are clearly aware of how high his potential is.

A January move to Arsenal does seem unlikely given that he has a release clause of around £52m, but he is a player who could add even more quality to an already outstanding roster of defenders.

Having extra quality depth could make a huge difference when it comes down to small margins in the title race, and Inacio could also be a strong long-term option for the club if he was to join.

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