Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio has signed a contract extension to increase his release clause to £51 million.

Goncalo Inacio has been linked to Manchester United in successive summers. The talented centre-back will now be more expensive if a move is made.

O Jogo’s front page on May 6 linked Manchester United with a possible move for Inacio, which was also reported by the Evening Standard.

In 2022 newspaper Correia da Manha linked United with a switch, before the club moved to sign Lisandro Martinez instead.

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Goncalo Inacio release clause

Fabrizio Romano reports Goncalo Inacio has now signed a new contract which extends his deal to 2027.

The new contract includes a release clause of 60 million Euros, equating to £51 million.

This is a substantial increase on Inacio’s previous release clause, which stood at £34 million.

Manchester United may need a centre-back

Inacio’s extension is particularly noteworthy right now because Manchester United may be in the market for a centre-back.

Harry Maguire could still leave the club before the transfer deadline, despite his proposed move to West Ham breaking down.

Benjamin Pavard and Jean-Clair Todibo are top options, reports Fabrizio Romano, however, at £34 million, 21-year-old Inacio could have held appeal.

His release clause is still not obstructive, but it does make a move more likely next summer rather than this one, when a young centre-back may become more of a priority. It’s up to him to put in the performances over the next month to prove he deserves it.