Joao Mario was highly thought of last summer, and his loan-move to West Ham from Inter Milan was touted as the potential deal of the summer. However, it quickly became apparent that was not the case after the Portuguese midfielder failed to make an impact in the Premier League.
It has become well known that Inter are trying to land Tottenham’s star enforcer Mousa Dembele, after the player revealed his concerns over physical conditioning in the cut-throat pace of the Premier League, as he enters the latter years of his career (the Telegraph).
And Tuttosport claim that Mario is being readied in a make-weight offer for the Belgian’s services. But nothing thus far has suggested the 25-year-old is worth bringing to north London, and certainly not to replace such an immense midfielder.
Today won’t have helped the Italian’s chances of landing Dembele either, as Mario put in a typically tepid performance for Portugal in their 1-0 victory over Morocco. The majority of the team under-performed on the day.
Perhaps it’s unfair to single out Mario, but being in the shop-window of the World Cup, and with the eyes of a top Premier League club watching, you’d think now would be the time to elevate his performances. But again it wasn’t to be and he looked visibly dejected upon being substituted in the second-half.