Inter are growing frustrated with the conduct of Sporting CP in regards to the negotiation for the permanent transfer of midfielder Joao Mario.

This is according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, who report that the Nerazzurri are pursuing other options while the Portuguese champions continue to stall on the deal.

The 28-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan with the Lisbon club, where he helped them to win their first Portuguese title in 19 years, and it is thought that the player’s preference is to stay at the club on a permanent basis.

Inter are happy to sell the player, with the club wanting to get Joao Mario’s wages off of their books as he is not in the plans of new coach Simone Inzaghi next year.

However, Sporting have not come close to meeting the Nerazzurri’s valuation for the player and are believed to be holding out in the hopes that the fee for the player will be reduced.

Inter, meanwhile, are considering other options, working with agent Federico Pastorello on possible moves to Nice or Villarreal for the midfielder.