Euro 2016 was an opportunity for many players to increase their perceived value, and some grasped it more than others. João Mário’s links with the top European clubs had gone cold, but after a great tournament for the national team, his saga is back on the Portuguese front pages.
Now it’s PSG and Chelsea who are said to be leading the race, beating Inter Milan’s interest as the Italian club couldn’t pay much more than €35m, according to Record.
The French and the English sides would be ready to spend at least €40m, and are reportedly in touch with his agent Kia Joorabchian to know what’s needed to take the player from Sporting.
But Record say they know what’s needed. Sporting demand something close to the player’s €60m release clause, around €50m for the midfielder. That would mean Chelsea stumping up €10m more than they want.
Sporting are a club which will always push for the release clause, especially when the likes of PSG and Chelsea are involved. Record says that the next step is for these sides to make an official offer, and then it will all be in president Bruno de Carvalho’s hands.