When Joao Mario signed for West Ham on loan there were all kinds of Italian contradictions over whether the Hammers had a redemption clause or not.
As it stands now, it appears not, or any clause is set so high as to make it irrelevant when it comes to actual transfer talks.
Tuttosport report that after Joao Mario appeared to say his goodbyes to West Ham, the club’s fans have been ‘pressuring’ those in charge to sign him permanently, something they seem to find significant.
Now, West Ham and Inter ‘will talk about it’, but it’s stated the Italian club have a price and are sticking to it. Once again the €30m figure is rolled out, and Tuttosport explain that amount is crucial so Inter don’t make a loss on their accounts.
Inter hope the player can have a good World Cup, which would then enable them to get the €30m or a loan with a redemption obligation that would be worth as much.
But Joao Mario could also have a poor World Cup, and what then?
If West Ham really want the player and want to secure him ahead of the Russia tournament then a straight €25m may well do it, regardless of what Inter are pushing for.
Maybe even one of those West Ham style offers which is heavily balanced by bonus payments could do the trick, just not as nonsensical as the William Carvalho one from last summer.