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Joao Mario, who was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning side, has snubbed Conte’s side, and is keen on a move to Italy’s Inter Milan – reports The Sun.
The 23-year-old midfielder has generated lots of interest from around Europe after helping his nation win the Euro 2016 trophy, having clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea interested in securing his services.
The Portuguese midfielder, currently playing for Sporting CP, is subject to a £29 million move away from Portugal to Inter Milan.
The Sun reports that the Portuguese man will be bought by Jiangsu Suning, a club in the Chinese Super League, who will then loan the Euro 2016 winner to Inter Milan.
Zhang Jindong, the owner of the Chinese side, is also one of Inter’s shareholders, and is said to be the man promoting the move.
The Sun also report that the transfer should be completed by the end of this week, as that will be the end of the Chinese Super League transfer window.
The 23-year will be earning close to £30,000 a week should the move materialize. This would be three times as much as the youngster is currently making in Portugal.
Mario has picked Inter over the Blues as he believes that his chances at Chelsea will be limited.
Antonio Conte’s squad is lined with world-class midfielders, including the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, and Willian – meaning that Joao would have limited chances to impress.
Joao made over 70 appearances for Sporting since 2011, when he made his first-team debut.
Chelsea is now believed to be pursuing Premier League winner N’Golo Kante to join their side. Antonio Conte is looking to help Chelsea regain their form, after a disastrous 2015-16 season.
Jose Mourinho is also believed to be interested in signing Joao Mario, but he would only consider the 23-year-old if his club fails to secure the services of Paul Pogba.