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West Ham should battle Everton for former loanee Mario despite comments about fans

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West Ham should battle Everton for former loanee Mario despite comments about fans

Joao Mario had an impressive spell at West Ham during the 2017/18 season and now Everton are reportedly looking to buy him this summer.

Inter Milan winger Joao Mario is on the market this summer and could join Everton, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

They report that the Portuguese international is out of favour at the San Siro, and the Toffees have the opportunity to sign him for £15m if they so wish.

The Toffees reportedly face competition from across Europe in the shape of 2004 Champions League finalists Porto and Monaco, and perhaps Mario’s recent comments about the atmosphere among fans in England won’t help.

 

As per One Football, Mario said: “The Inter fans were also crucial. For them, I was both an idol and a bad player. It would be great if I found the right balance. I’ve been in England and they’re all too quiet there. I prefer the warmth of our fans.”

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Mario’s time in England was of course with West Ham during the second half of the 2017/18 season, when he made a decent impact as a loanee during David Moyes’ reign at the London Stadium.

West Ham now have a more enterprising team, and other exciting wingers, but Mario would fit in well to Manuel Pellegrini’s style of play – that has got them to 10th in the Premier League.

£15m is not a bad price for a player of Mario’s age and experience, and although some Hammers supporters may not be pleased by his comments about the volume the fans create on matchday, they would likely recognise he’d be a decent option next season.

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