23 November 2017
Arsenal are in the market for a midfielder who could serve as cover for the current players available to the club in that position. Initial search brought up the name of Julian Draxler, now Inter Milan’s Joao Mario has popped up too.
The Portuguese has being made available for transfer by Italian giants Inter and Arsenal are reportedly ready to swoop and capture the midfielder on loan in January for the remainder of the season.
Mario’s situation at Inter
Mario only joined the Nerazzurri 18 months ago in a £40m deal from Sporting CP, but has found establishing himself as a first team regular challenging at the San Siro.
Italian football website Tuttosport reports Inter are willing to accept a reduced bid of £26m for the 24-year-old midfielder, who is no longer in manager, Luciano Spalletti’s plans after the club’s impressive start to this season’s Serie A campaign.
Inter remain undefeated and second, two points adrift of current leaders Napoli.
Euro 2016 winner Mario has made a total of 39 appearances for Inter, but has managed just three starts in Serie A this season. It is understood he would consider a move to England, to secure more regular football.
Portugal have qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia and Mario recognises he needs to be playing regularly and at a high standard to prove to national coach Fernando Santos that he deserves to be selected for the country’s final squad.