By Dominic Toner
Liverpool will make an improved bid for Portugal international Joao Mario, according to a report.
Mario’s father claimed, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, that Jurgen Klopp’s team had offered £33million for the midfielder.
Portuguese publication A Bola now report that Liverpool will return with a second bid for the Sporting Lisbon player and will face competition from Inter Milan, after both teams had bids rejected for Mario.
The report details that European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also eyeing a move for the Euros winner.
Sky Sports’ Football Whispers section claimed last week that Mario is Liverpool’s most likely signing ahead of the new Premier League season.
Sky claim it will take an increased bid of at least £35million to lure the playmaker to Anfield.
Mario played in the final of Euro 2016 as his home country provided an upset by defeating hosts France in extra-time to claim their first every major tournament.
The energetic midfielder was a standout performer for his club last season as his six goals helped Sporting finish second behind rivals Benfica.
The versatile midfielder could be a great addition to Jurgen Klopp’s side as the 23-year-old’s high energy style would suit Klopp’s high pressing game.
Klopp has already been busy this summer and a £35million plus signing of Mario would eclipse the current highest paid so far in the window, which was £34million for Southampton’s Sadio Mane.
In other Liverpool transfer news, their £20million man is in good shape but could leave by deadline day.