After Joao Mario’s loan spell at West Ham in the second half of last season, the Portuguese international must have expected to engineer a move away from Inter in the summer.
It is clear that the Euro 2016 winner has no real future at the San Siro, but that is where he remains until the transfer window opens in January, at the very least.
According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Mario will not be short on offers from the Premier League when the mid-season window opens.
They report that Wolves are in a four-team race alongside Leicester City, Fulham and Southampton to land the winger in January.
Of course, much of Wolves’ success has been built on successful Portuguese imports, but Jorge Mendes is not his agent, Kia Joorabchian, the man who facilitated Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s move to West Ham in 2o06, is.
So this does not have the hallmarks of another Mendes masterclass. Further, the report claims that Inter do not want to suffer a loss on the player who cost 40m euros (£35.4m) and that makes him hugely overpriced at present.
Wolves have just broken their transfer record to land another, much younger winger in Adama Traore, and he can’t even get a start right now.
Mario would be hugely expensive, and Wolves simply do not need him. Signing him would make no sense.