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Mourinho eyes 25-year-old as shock target with €25m price tag

Joao Mario has been linked with a move to Manchester United ever since the days of David Moyes, but we don’t want to reflect too much on those. Not today.

The Portuguese midfielder, who spend the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at West Ham (with Moyesy), is due to return to Inter Milan at the end of June but reports that Jose Mourinho is interested are circulating over in Italy.

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Gazzetta dello Sport ran a piece on Tuesday, which has been translated by Sport Witness, suggesting that Inter want at least €25 million for Joao Mario, in order to not make a loss on their initial investment.

That’s not a fee that would turn United off a player should their interest be deemed genuine. West Ham are also expected to give new manager Manuel Pellegrini a considering amount of money in the transfer kitty to strengthen his squad in hope of a stronger campaign in 2018-19.

Gazzetta claim Mourinho has listed the midfielder with other midfield targets this summer.

United lost Michael Carrick to retirement last summer and Marouane Fellaini could leave next month on a free transfer, so there’s a need for new midfield additions before next season. The World Cup may make that a little difficult.

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