Nuno Espirito Santo has been busy in the transfer market so far this summer as he prepares for the club’s return to the Premier League, but a recent report suggests his most high-profile deal could yet be in the offing.
Joao Mario joined West Ham United last season on a season-long loan deal from Inter Milan after he failed to break into the first-team with the Italian giants.
Despite impressing at the London Stadium, West Ham seem to have prioritised the signing of alternative targets such as Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, paving the way for Wolves to take pole position in the race for Mario’s signature.
And according to a report from the Italian media outlet Tuttosport (via talkSPORT), Inter Milan are willing to loan Mario to Wolves this season, but there’s a catch.
Wolves are eager to bring Mario on loan with an option-to-buy for £26.5 million at the end of the season, but Inter are unwilling to accept those terms and wish to include an obligation-to-buy clause instead.
Whether or not Inter are willing to reduce the £26.5 million fee in order to tempt Wolves into a potential deal remains to be seen.
If the Serie A club remain stubborn in their approach to a potential deal, Wolves would be wise to turn their attention towards alternative targets.
Although Mario undoubtedly impressed during his time at West Ham, the fact they decided to pursue alternative players suggests that he would not be worth the £26.5 million fee quoted by Tuttosport (via talkSPORT).
As the window develops it’s likely that Inter’s stance will change and the prospect of signing Mario at a more appealing price will present itself to Santo, and if that proves to be the case he should certainly consider re-opening negotiations.
However, whilst Inter are only willing to loan him with an obligation-to-buy clause rather than an option-to-buy, Wolves should steer well clear of an incredibly risky deal.
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