“I am not returning to Milano. There is no fire inside me to return to the Nerazzurri.” Despite such a strong statement at the beginning of June, Joao Mario found himself back at Appiano Gentile this week to begin preseason training with his former teammates.

It is no secret that the club are eager to offload the Portuguese, but they are also determined not to lose too much of the €40 million invested only two seasons ago.

Luckily, there is still hope for both the player and the club. Claude Puel, manager of Leicester City, is said to be eager to bring the Portuguese midfielder to the King Power Stadium before the beginning of the new season.

The Sun reports that Inter are only willing to entertain a loan with obligation to buy deal, and have set the price Joao Mario at £25 million.

The player won a number of admirers following a six month stint in the English Premier League last season, as both Everton and Wolverhampton are also thought to be considering a move for the player.