DONE DEAL!!!: Gonçalo Inácio signed, alternative to $64m star – Dream Liverpool defense with two transfers

Gonçalo Inácio

Liverpool is looking for fresh defensive legs this summer with a player in that position on the agenda. This is how the dream scenario would look for Jürgen Klopp.

Klopp press conference

It is evident that Liverpool, like all of the teams in the Premier League and throughout the rest of Europe, has more work to do this summer in the transfer market.

There is obviously a need for bolstering at the back as well, but Alexis Mac Allister is already signed, sealed, and delivered, and further midfielders will follow the Argentine to the AXA Training Centre.

Gonçalo Inácio

According to this week’s Football Insider report, Liverpool has shortlisted both Micky van de Ven and Gonçalo Inácio. According to the same report, Liverpool will definitely bring in a defender for Jürgen Klopp’s defense before the transfer deadline.

According to the Portuguese publication O Jogo, Inácio has a release provision in his contract that states he can depart for $49 million (£39 million/€45 million). With both Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly interested, Liverpool would be able to do that.

Earlier this month, the German website WAZ stated that signing Van de Ven would cost $33 million (£26 million/€30 million). That is another agreement that appears feasible because Wolfsburg-trained Jörg Schmadtke is the new sporting director.

Joko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig might be the ‘dream’ option, with Manchester City keeping an eye on him, but, according to Sky Sports, he has a $120 million (£95 million/€110 million) release clause, and that is just too much money.

Both of the two more likely choices are left-footed and gifted, but Inácio seems to have the most potential of the two. Additionally, Inácio has the greatest experience at a level that is more in line with what Liverpool needs. To learn more about how Inácio might fit in at Anfield, visit this page.

Even while the “dream” scenario this summer seems unlikely to come true in fact, there is a case to be made for bolstering both the right and left sides of the defense. Despite Calvin Ramsay’s departure on loan to Preston North End, a move for a right-back has already been downplayed. However, having a center-back and full-back could be beneficial.

Jol Matip’s contract expires in 2024, while Joe Gomez, who is best used as a center-back but is not a natural full-back and is a totally different option for right-back than Trent Alexander-Arnold, is still under contract.

Even if it may be a tall order to recruit two defenders this summer, Arsenal had a $38 million (£30 million/€35 million) bid for Jurrin Timber rejected this week because the Eredivisie club wanted $64 million (£50 million/€58 million).

Even though Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg claims that Arsenal is on the’verge’ of signing Timber with a compromise on the price tag nearly reached, at least something comparable would be worth taking into consideration.

The 21-year-old will not be cheap, according to The Daily Mail, and the Gunners are anticipated to make a second bid. However, finding another similarly versatile and high-ceiling alternative for the present and the future would be beneficial for Liverpool.

According to Dutch commentator Andy van der Meyde (via Voetbal Zone) last month, “Timber will probably go to Liverpool,” and if that were to happen, it would be a wise decision. Regardless of who it is, someone fitting that description would make sense.

Because Virgil van Dijk is the only natural choice to play on the left side, the left side is Liverpool’s top focus. However, if both sides were improved, the defense would be prepared for the upcoming seasons.

Possible Liverpool defensive options after a dream summer window:

Left-back: Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas

Center-back: Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, Gonçalo Inácio/Micky van de Ven/Jurriën Timber/alternative right-sided player that can also cover at right-back, Joël Matip, Joe Gomez

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

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