According to reports in the Evening Standard, Inter Milan would prefer a permanent £26m deal for West Ham United target Joao Mario with the east London club keen to sign him on a another loan deal, and Irons fans have been quick to react to the supposed price tag.
The Hammers brought the Euro 2016 winner to the London Stadium during the January transfer window on a temporary deal until the end of the 2017/18 campaign, and while the 25-year-old didn’t really do anything spectacular, he still impressed in 13 Premier League outings by scoring twice and also picking up an assist.
The midfielder further showed the quality he has with a brilliant strike from outside the area for Portugal in their 2-2 friendly draw with Tunisia on Monday, and his value could easily go up if he shines for his country at the World Cup.
West Ham supporters, who have urged the club to re-sign a former 30-year-old Hammer now available for nothing, took to social media to give their thoughts on the price tag, and while one said “get it sorted now before he has a brilliant WC”, another said he was “showing signs of being a truly special player”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Get it sorted now before he has a brilliant WC⚽️ and the price goes up to £35m
— David Turner (@DavieT92299114) May 29, 2018
More then what we would want to pay, but if he has a decent world cup other clubs could come sniffing, just get the deal done early I say
— Graeme Tinham (@GTinham) May 29, 2018
I know people say he is not worth that, but what if he has an amazing world cup. I think we should buy him.
— Nicola Meyer (@NicolaMeyer7) May 29, 2018
He’s well worth £26M. Took a little bit to adapt but is showing signs of being a truly special player.
— Connor McCray (@connormccray) May 29, 2018
£26m is not a bad price.
— Anthony (@terryant94) May 29, 2018
I could live with that in today’s market
— Pete (@popparambo) May 29, 2018