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Everton 'offered' Joao Mario by Inter

| Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14comments  |  Jump to last
The Italian club have reportedly invited Everton to bid for Joao Mario who is apparently available for £15m.

The Daily Mail report that Inter Milan have offered the 26-year-old to the Blues but that Porto and Monaco have also shown interest in him.

It's not clear whether this is simply paper talk connecting Mario, who had a spell on loan at West Ham United, with Goodison Park because of the Portuguese connection with Marco Silva or that Everton would even be interested.

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 14/05/2019 at 01:21:24
Sounds a bit 'fishy' this one, I remember him not setting the football world alight at West Ham, so unless he has been reborn, I don't believe there is much mileage in this story.
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 14/05/2019 at 07:12:37
Don’t fancy him much but was a favourite of Silva’s at Sporting Lisbon. At 26 he’s a decent age and £15m is now decent value for a player with international pedigree but I’d be surprised if he’s near the top of our list.
Robert Leigh
3 Posted 14/05/2019 at 09:57:03
Not sure about this - seemed a bit weak when at West Ham as Derek says.

Would rather give Dowell a go at playing that role if given the option. As you say Sam (#2) £15mil isn't a lot but he'd be on £60k plus a week; we have enough of those on the books not pulling up trees in the first team.

Tony Everan
4 Posted 14/05/2019 at 10:14:29
Is he tough enough to play week in and out in the premier league? At West Ham he looked a bit lightweight. Silva will know his talents better than anyone and will be able to take the best decision.

Lucas Digne already being the subject of ridiculous rumours. He is one of the players that the big CL clubs will be trying to prise away from us, and unsettle by leaked rumour. Be prepared for a lot of it over the next 2 months.

He is one of the players who will take us to the next level and must not be sold under any circumstances if we are serious about getting to the top 4.

Steve Ferns
5 Posted 14/05/2019 at 11:00:11
I think Inter are desperate to get rid of him. He's on big money (especially by Serie A standards). If you want to look at the West Ham period, he actually did quite well. He scored two and got a load of assists and all this in just six months.

What kind of player is he? Well I think he's quite similar to Steven Pienaar. He's small but combative. His weaknesses are in defence, but make no mistake he will get his foot in and like Pienaar he is tenacious in trying to win the ball back. He's also similar in terms of carrying the ball. He's not fast, but he is fast enough. He has quick feet, great vision, and a great short passing game. He will get forward, he will get into the box and he will score goals.

He only slots into our side if Gueye goes though. You cannot play Gueye in a holding role with Joao Mario and Sigurdsson ahead. However, you can have Schneiderlin, or similar, anchoring a midfield and Joao and Gylfi busying around ahead of him. Because he gets so far forwards, he will leave massive gaps behind, and that's where we need to be careful.

I would be happy to see him at Everton, and if Silva signs him, then he has weighed it all up and considers him good enough. At the end of the day though, £15m is chump change in today's market.

John Hammond
6 Posted 14/05/2019 at 12:50:41
Doubt a player that made 12 starts for Inter this season and was mostly terrible at West Ham would be top of our list.
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 14/05/2019 at 13:30:03
Tony, Spurs are signing Sessegnon from Fulham. Ok he plays left wing as well as left back, but I suspect he'd be at left back for Spurs. Therefore, no room for Digne and Sessegnon. surely, they are better keeping Rose who is 28 and will be in the twilight of his career as Sessegnon hits 21.
Jon Withey
8 Posted 14/05/2019 at 13:47:41
Still, Steve #7, Spurs are going to want to strengthen - maybe they see Rose as a (relative) weak point.
Soren Moyer
9 Posted 14/05/2019 at 15:21:37
James Flynn
10 Posted 14/05/2019 at 17:42:32
Wow, offerings from Italy, swooping in Argentina, tracking in France?

Brands' arrival has really taken it up a notch.

James Stewart
11 Posted 14/05/2019 at 18:30:06
He was excellent at West Ham and looked their best player. Would be a snip at 15m
Derek Knox
12 Posted 14/05/2019 at 20:35:04
James @10, the encouraging aspect of it for me, although a lot of it may be based on speculation, is that we are being linked with decent players, and more importantly, early before the Window has even opened. I, for one am confident this will be a decent Window and Marcel brands will pull off some magic like last time.

Not forgetting of course the Herculean Task, equivalent to The Augean Stables, he has of offloading the many, in the ranks. Maybe Manure would be interested. :-)

Christy Ring
13 Posted 14/05/2019 at 21:12:17
I thought he was quite average at West Ham, and hasn't played much for Inter this season.
Bob Parrington
14 Posted 15/05/2019 at 10:04:21
Interested that they offered him to Everton to bid. But is he on our radar? Zat ist ze question. Sounds like bull dust again.

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