The name Joao Maria was known only to the more hipster punters in the Transfer Tavern prior to Euro 2016, though his heroics amid Portugal’s win have turned him into a household name.
A Sporting Lisbon star, he had been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United for much of the early part of the summer as the Red Devils prepared a stunning double move for he and teammate, Renato Sanches.
Well, we all know what happened with the latter.
Now, it could be further bad news for United, with Portuguese outlet A Bola suggesting Chelsea are ready to muscle in on their attempts to seal a deal for the former.
With Eden Hazard and Pedro disappointing last term, incoming boss Antonio Conte could feel inclined to freshen up his wide areas ahead of his assault on the Premier League title.
How impressed were you with Joao Maria at EURO 2016?
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