Report: Everton offered golden chance to sign Joao Mario for £15m

Marco Silva of Everton arrives for the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton Fc at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, England.

Everton will have to think about a deal for Joao Mario.

Joao Mario of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 27, 2019 in Milan, Italy.

According to the Daily Mail, Inter Milan have offered Everton the chance to sign midfielder Joao Mario for a fee of around £15million.

Mario, 26, starred with Sporting in his native Portugal, including under now-Everton boss Marco Silva during the 2014-15 season, notching seven goals and five assists.

 

The midfielder starred at Euro 2016 in France, earning a move to Inter Milan off the back of his displays, with the Italian giants paying up a huge £38.4million (BBC).

Mario hasn't quite lived up to the billing at the San Siro, but has at least forced his way back into the Inter side this season having spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United.

Now, the Daily Mail report that Inter want rid of Mario, and have offered Everton the chance to sign him for just £15million – better than half price from what Inter paid for him.

Joao Mario  of FC Internazionale during the Serie A match between Frosinone Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Benito Stirpe, Frosinone, Italy on 14 April 2019.

Mario, who has notched a goal and two assists this season, may be seen as a real bargain by Silva, who helped get the best out of the creative midfielder just a few seasons ago.

Capable of playing as a central midfielder, number 10 or even on the right flank, Mario's versatility may be hugely appealing, and Silva may feel that this bargain price is a golden chance to get in a player he knows very well.

Marco Silva of Everton arrives for the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton Fc at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2019 in London, England.

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