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Serie A giants Inter Milan have reportedly confirmed the signing of the Arsenal’s target Joao Mario from Sporting Lisbon.
The report was according to the Serie A side, which was confirmed via their official website that was confirmed on Sunday.
The Portuguese international club Sporting Lisbon announced on Saturday night that the midfielder had been sold and the Nerazzurri finally followed the suit on Sunday confirming they have signed the 23-year-old.
Mario has seen his stock rise over the past twelve months or so, as threads of brilliant performances in the Primeira Liga and Europa League led to interest from top club across Europe.
His brilliant form also got him linked with a move to Emirates stadium, but speculations linking him with Arsenal are to blow little ducks.
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter_en) August 28, 2016
Manchester United were also rumoured to be interested in the Portugues last season, while Liverpool and Chelsea earlier this summer were heavily linked with him.
Mario is the first of a potential €75m investment in the coming days. Brazilian international forward and one of Arsenal target Gabriel Barbosa is also in Milan negotiating with the Nerazurri and an announcement regarding that €30m deal transfer will be released in due course.
Since Mario made his debut in October 2014 for Portugal, he has notched up 18 caps for the Euro champions senior squad since then. He was part of the his country under-21 squad that finished second to Sweden in the European Under-21 Championships, before winning the senior version in France the following summer.
Inter president Erik Thohir spoke about the signing, before adding, directly referenced the midfielder’s performances for Portugal,
“We’re delighted to have Joao Mario at Inter. He’s a top player and we’d been tracking him for a long time. He’ll further reinforce what is already a very strong squad,”