Joao Mario has terminated his contract with Inter, and will complete his move to Benfica very soon.

This according to Sky Sport Italia transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio, who reports on his site that the Portuguese midfielder and his agent have had a meeting with the Nerazzurri to end his engagement at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Mario is a player who the Nerazzurri have hoped to offload in the summer, with the midfielder not in the first-team plans and commanding wages which the club do not wish to pay.

After talks between Inter and Sporting CP about making the player’s loan stay with Sporting last season permanent fell through, Benfica have made their move to sign the 28-year-old.

However, a problem which has come up has been a supposed clause in the terms of the deal which took the player to Inter from Sporting in 2017, which prohibits his sale to a Portuguese rival under financial penalty.

As such, Inter and Benfica have formulated a plan to have the player leave Inter and Join Benfica as a free agent rather than being sold to the Lisbon-based club, to avoid the problems associated with a sale, and they are now putting this plan into action.