According to reports from Calcio Mercato, Joao Mario’s transfer to the Chinese Super League is on the verge of collapse.
The 18-cap international earned rave reviews for his role in Portugal’s title-winning Euro 2016 campaign, starting all seven of his country’s fixtures at the tournament.
In recent weeks, the Sporting Lisbon star has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United courting his signature according to A Bola.
But the Premier League trio appeared destined to miss out on the 23-year-old, with Record reporting yesterday evening that he was on the verge of moving to Inter Milan.
The San Siro outfit can’t afford the deal under Financial Fair Play regulations, but the club’s new Chinese owners were planning to sign Maro for Jiangsu Suning before loaning him to Nerazzurri.
However, Calcio Mercato now claim that the deal is on the verge of collapse, with the Super League outfit’s last bid around £8million short of Lisbon’s valuation and the Chinese transfer window set to slam shut this evening.
That means the two clubs have just a matter of hours left to complete the deal, suggesting Mario could be back on the market for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United by tomorrow morning.