West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with Inter Milan’s Joao Mario.
According to a report in Tuttomercatoweb, Inter Milan are looking to secure a dream return for Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic but will need to sell midfielder Joao Mario to fund a potential deal.
The Italian editorial name both West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers as suitors for the Portugal international, and Inter are seeking a fee of £27 million to help facilitate a move for Kovacic.
Mario spent the last six months of last season on loan at West Ham where he went on to make 12 Premier League starts for the east London club, scoring two goals and grabbing one assist.
The 40-capped Portugal international is versatile and can play in several midfield roles with his key attributes being his impressive passing ability, his confidence at taking players on and his creativity.
Inter are seemingly happy to allow the 25-year-old to move on, and Wolves have emerged as another potential destination largely as a result of their link to Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes.
The west Midlands club relied heavily on Mendes’s influence last term as they romped to the Championship title, and now they have aspirations of consolidating themselves as a top 10 Premier League club.
Mario would be a terrific buy for either club when taking into account his age, current ability and potential, though it seems Inter aren’t willing to sell him on the cheap as they have their own aspirations.
The Serie A club are said to be looking at bringing back Kovacic to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, though Real Madrid will likely hold out for a big fee with the Mirror claiming they are demanding a whopping £80 million.