Arsenal could be on the verge of replicating the success of a rival by adding another high-profile player to their squad this summer. While discussions surrounding Goncalo Inacio’s potential move to the Gunners have quieted since late June, his arrival would be a significant boost for Mikel Arteta’s team.
With recent signings such as Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber, and Kai Havertz elevating Arsenal’s squad, the addition of Goncalo Inacio would solidify their pursuit of competing with treble-winning Manchester City for top honours.
Despite his €60m (£51m) price tag, Arsenal has already shown a willingness to make significant investments in the transfer market this window.
Inacio’s Impressive Performances
Bruno Fernandes’s talent became evident when he joined Manchester United from the Portuguese league in January 2020 for £47m.
In just 14 league games, the 28-year-old contributed to 15 goals, followed by an impressive tally of 28 goals and 17 assists in his first full year, silencing any doubts about his abilities.
Goncalo Inacio’s confidence on the ball and ability to progress play from the back makes him a perfect fit for Arsenal’s style of play. BBC Sports contributor Raj Chohan highlighted the defender’s key attributes, describing him as a “build-up conductor” who possesses leadership qualities, aerial dominance, and exceptional recovery speed.
Goncalo Inacio’s Impressive Statistics
Inacio’s statistics further underscore his quality. When compared to other centre-backs in Europe, he ranks in the top 1% for passes attempted and progressive passes made per 90 minutes.
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He also ranks in the top 3% for progressive carries and the top 4% for successful take-ons per 90 minutes, showcasing his ability to contribute to the team’s attacking play.
Mikel Arteta has long emphasized his desire for expressive and entertaining football, where his team dictates the game and takes the initiative.
In Goncalo Inacio, Arteta sees a player who can further solidify his football philosophy. Standing at 6 foot 1, the Portuguese defender could be a vital addition to the squad, mirroring the success of fellow countryman Bruno Fernandes.
Goncalo Inacio’s potential transfer to Arsenal holds great promise. His impressive performances, modern playing style, and statistical prowess make him an ideal fit for Mikel Arteta’s vision. If Inacio can replicate the impact of players like Fernandes, Arsenal’s pursuit of success in the Premier League will undoubtedly be enhanced.