Real Madrid make Portugal star Joao Mario their big transfer target [AS]
Joao Mario with Cristiano Ronaldo, Euro 2016



Real Madrid make Portugal star Joao Mario their big transfer target [AS]



Thursday, August 4th, 2016 23:24


Real want Portugal star

Resigned to missing out on Paul Pogba, having never really joined the race for him in the first place, Real Madrid are setting their sights on another midfielder who played in the Euro 2016 final. We’re not talking about Moussa Sissoko either. Zinedine Zidane could still acquire the Newcastle man but sights have been set on Joao Mario. The midfielder was superb at the heart of the winning Portugal team.

Tough-tackling, energetic and composed, Mario would be a smart addition to a team already brimming with attacking talent. He’s no slouch offensively either. Last season he scored seven times and created 12 goals for Sporting Lisbon. AS report the transfer story based on Portuguese reports.

Mario would settle in at the Bernabeu quickly given the amount of Portuguese speakers playing for the squad and international teammates that he’ll join up with.

Mario doesn’t come cheap

Jorge Jesus won’t part with his rock easily. The Sporting boss has already rejected offers from suitors since the Euros. Inter had a bid of €35 million dismissed. Liverpool raised that offer by five million.

Not enough, they said. PSG are interested too. As they are reportedly doing with any Sissoko deal, Madrid could bring the fee down by offering players on loan.






Real Madrid make Portugal star Joao Mario their big transfer target [AS]





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