It would appear that Portuguese midfielder, Joao Mario, will leave Inter in this January transfer window. The former Sporting Lisbon player has failed to hold down a regular starting place at Inter and it would seem that his time is up at the Milan club.
The players’ agent, Kia Joorabchian, has come out in support of his player and expressed his irritation at how he feels his client is being treated by Inter. According to FCInterNews.it, Kia Joorabchian believes that Inter have devalued his client during his time at the club. Without regular football and now being used as the main bargaining chip for the club to use as it tries to auto finance their market with the sale of a big name. This has not stopped clubs showing interest in Joao Mario however with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid both interested and reported to be involved in some slow moving negotiations with Inter directors about a possible player exchange deal.
At the moment the situation seems complicated. The player wants regular football and understands he porbably won’t get it at Inter. However, the player has already turned down possible loan moves with a right to buy at the end of the season which would have guaranteed him the first team football that he craves. Two such deals have arrived at the Inter head office from Premier League clubs Everton and Watford with one also coming in from Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. With this in mind you have the situation stalled with the clubs stance and the dissatisfaction of the players’ entourage on one hand and then the player himself rejecting destinations that he deems possibly a level beneath him. As things stand the most likely solution will be a swap deal with the interested parties in Spain.