Done deal: Midfielder signs weeks after £33m Liverpool bid
By Dominic Toner
Inter Milan have completed the signing of Joao Mario, it was announced on Sunday.
The Italian giants have confirmed on their official Twitter account that they have signed the 23-year-old midfielder from Sporting Lisbon.
This comes weeks after Mario’s father claimed, as reported by the Liverpool Echo (7.12pm) that Jurgen Klopp’s team had offered £33million for the midfielder.
— Inter (@Inter) August 28, 2016
Portuguese publication A Bola reported last month that Liverpool would return with a second bid for the Sporting player, 23, and would face competition from Inter Milan after both teams had bids rejected for Mario.
It has now been officially confirmed that Inter have won the race to sign the Portugal international.
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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 is highly regarded by Europe’s biggest clubs for his energy and technical qualities in central midfield.
Despite Jurgen Klopp missing out on Mario he still has an array of talented midfielders in his squad, including Brazilian Philippe Coutinho who has impressed in the market stages of the season.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they have submitted a £10million-plus bid for a wonderkid.