In their quest to offload underperforming players, Inter Milan management has put a price tag of €30 million on Portuguese international Joao Mario.
Mario has been on loan to West Ham United in the Premier League since January and the Hammers have expressed an interest in making his loan move permanent.
The sticking point could be the price.
Earlier this season, West Ham offered the Nerazzurri around €14 million, but Inter management rejected that offer instantly.
Mario has already suggested that his playing days in Milan are over.
“I’m happy with my new adventure and I hope to finish the season well. Inter is part of my past now,” Mario said back in March. “I could have played more, but football is about that too.
“Now I’m happy and that’s what matters most.”
Mario failed to find a spot in Luciano Spalletti’s roster earlier in the season, hence his loan to West Ham.
Reports are that West Ham management is agreeable to signing Mario permanently, but the key is whether they will meet Inter’s demands.
Mario has scored twice since joining the Hammers in January.
Offloading Mario should be one of the many priorities for Inter during the summer mercato. It is clear he won’t be seeing the field for Inter any time soon, regardless of whether Inter make the Champions League or not.
What do you think? Post your comments below!