Spending the second half of last season at West Ham on loan from Inter, Joao Mario certainly didn’t harm his reputation in world football.
In fact, he might have even improved it, as a number of Premier League teams are now interested in his services, if Nicolo Schira is to be believed.
Taking to Twitter to divulge his information, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist revealed on Monday evening Everton and Bournemouth have both come forward and asked Inter about the Portuguese midfielder.
With his country out of the World Cup and the player on holiday, now is the ideal time for him to sort out his future, and a move to both the Toffees or the Cherries wouldn’t be ones to renege.
Everton now have Marco Silva at the helm, a manager Joao Mario knows well, having played under his orders between 2014-15.
As for Bournemouth, Eddie Howe’s side have proven time and time again they are a solid Premier League club who, with a few improvements, could really challenge for European football.
There’s no mention of a fee in Schira’s tweet, but Tuttosport on Tuesday provide that for us, explaining the minimum Inter would sell the Portuguese midfielder for is €30m.
Hardly an insurmountable hill for English teams, even if it might be a bit easier to believe Everton being able to shell out that amount than Bournemouth, whose record signing remains Nathan Aké at £20.5m.
Joao Mario has made it his summer goal to leave Italy, preferring to remain in the Premier League if possible.
Two options are certainly better than none right now.