Everton boss Marco Silva has told O Jogo that he isn't planning to bring Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario to Goodison Park this summer.
The Toffees are likely to be in the market for a number of signings this summer, having missed out on European qualification in Silva's first season at the club.
Marcel Brands will now be looking to add a little more quality to Silva's side, giving him the boost needed to build on a strong end to the campaign.
Midfield reinforcements may be on the radar, and the Daily Mail recently reported that Inter Milan had offered midfielder Joao Mario to Everton in a £15million deal.
Mario, 26, will be familiar to some Premier League fans after he spent the first half of 2018 on loan at West Ham United, before returning to salvage his Inter career.
Mario managed to make 22 appearances under Luciano Spalletti this season, notching a goal and two assists, but Inter are still seemingly keen to offload him and recoup a small portion of the money they paid to sign him from Sporting in 2016.
It was Silva who made Mario a key player at Sporting, and that meant that being offered a reunion for just £15million may have been appealing, especially given Mario's versatility.
However, Silva has now revealed that Mario isn't on Everton's radar whilst noting their relationship from back in their native Portugal, but praised him for a 'very good season'.
“João Mário is a player of Inter and there is nothing more than that,” said Silva. “He was my player, I was the one who put him in the main team of Sporting. He had a very good season, but at the moment he is not on the table,” he added.
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