Joao Mario has grown impatient at Sporting CP’s inability to reach a deal with the Nerazzurri that would bring about his permanent transfer, and he is beginning to consider other clubs as destinations.
This is the claim of Lisbon-based newspaper Bola, who suggest that the 28-year-old’s patience is wearing thin as he looks to secure his future.
Mario spent last season on loan with Sporting as the club became Portuguese champions for the first time in 19 years, and it is thought that the player has expressed the desire to stay there for next season.
Inter are keen on his permanent sale to bring in a fee and get his wages off the books, but nevertheless have not been able to finalize negotiations with the Portuguese champions.
The issue appears to be the fee involved, with Sporting currently offering no more than €5.5 million, some of which is included in the deal as add-ons, nowhere near the Nerazzurri’s demand of €7.5 million for the player.
Wanting a move away and unsure of whether Sporting will reach a deal with Inter, Mario has authorized his agent Federico Pastorello to begin searching for another club who would negotiate for his sale.