Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle United in battle to sign £40m-rated Goncalo Inacio from Sporting

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Inacio wlll only be allowed to leave if his release clause is met in full (Picture: Getty) Sporting Lisbon star Goncalo Inacio is expected to leave the club this summer with Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle United fighting for his signature. The 21-year-old, regarded as one of the most promising young centre-halves in European football, has a release clause of €45million (£40m) and while Sporting are eager to tie him down to a new contract, a summer move is on the cards, according to AS. Three Premier League clubs are thought to be at the top of the queue for his services with Liverpool eager to follow up on initial interest shown last summer. The report suggests he is viewed as an ideal defensive partner for Virgil van Dijk at the back. Arsenal are also credited with serious interest. The Gunners are close to signing Jurrien Timber from Ajax but Mikel Arteta is reportedly planning to use the Dutchman as an inverted right-back, rather than at centre-half where he has shone for Ajax. With William Saliba’s absence causing problems at the back during last season’s run-in, another option at centre-half could be on option being considered at the Emirates. The defender shone against Arsenal in the Europa League (Picture: Getty) Newcastle are also keen on the Sporting star. The Magpies are keen to bring in another option at the back ahead of their return to the Champions League with Inacio on their list of options. Any club wishing to price Inacio from Sporting will have to pay his entire release clause up front. More: Trending Declan Rice sends message to West Ham over Arsenal bid after Man City end interest Erik ten Hag wants £43m Manchester United transfer completed before Monday Arsenal finally agree club-record £105million deal with West Ham for Declan Rice Liverpool have already wrapped up their first piece of summer business, bringing in Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton in a deal that could rise to £55m. Arsenal are expected to announce the arrival of Kai Havertz from Chelsea this week while the club are still confident of bringing Declan Rice to the club ahead of Manchester City. Newcastle meanwhile are edging close to wrapping up a £60m deal for AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali. Arsenal clear to sign Declan Rice as Manchester City pull out of race after £105m bid Liverpool open talks to sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia ahead of Arsenal For more stories like this, check our sport page. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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