Manchester United are looking to bring Lisandro Martinez some competition, as their woes continue.
The Red Devils slumped to a fourth Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend, losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace at home. Erik ten Hag's side are now 10th in the table – and to compound matters, World Cup winner Martinez has picked up another injury to add to the injury crisis at Old Trafford.
The centre-back is set for a second operation on a broken metatarsal, according to the Mail – but now, reports are suggesting that by the time the Argentine returns to action, there may be another player vying for his starting position.
Inacio is highly rated in his native Portugal and is a regular starter for Ruben Amorim's side as a left-sided centre-back. The 22-year-old has been linked with the Premier League in recent months and was believed to be a target for Liverpool, at one stage.
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But United reportedly have a good relationship with Sporting, stretching back to the deal for now-club captain Bruno Fernandes. With Inacio available for a set fee, the process of signing the star should be a straightforward one – and United could improve their depth on that side of defence as early as January.
Last season, Luke Shaw played at centre-back during Martinez's injury layoffs. Harry Maguire is also comfortable on that side but isn't trusted by Ten Hag.
United face Galatasaray in the Champions League tonight.
Inacio is valued at €30m by Transfermarkt.
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