Inter are wary of losing Joao Mario on a free transfer next season after his move to Sporting Lisbon collapsed this week, according to a report in the Italian media.
As has been reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the deal for Inter midfielder Joao Mario to move to Sporting Lisbon collapsed after the Portuguese club was unwilling to meet the valuation set by the Nerazzurri.
Inter demanded €8 million for the 29-year-old, but the Portuguese champions were not willing to offer more than €5.5 million. With Inter’s financial situation of needing to raise €70 million from player sales, that difference is too great.
Crucially, Joao Mario’s contract is running out next summer which means if Inter do not sell him now, they risk losing him for no transfer fee at all in 12 months time.
Other clubs such as Nice and Villareal have been touted as possible destinations for Joao Mario, but he would rather stay with Sporting Lisbon.