Inter Milan are prepared to sacrifice three of their midfielders in the summer – one of which is Joao Mario – in order to keep Rafinha on a more permanent basis, according to reports in Italy.
The Portugal international joined the Hammers on loan until the end of the season late in the January transfer window, and has reportedly settled in London rather well.
Football.London report that, although the initial terms of the loan deal did not include an option for a permanent transfer, West Ham are keen to keep the 25-year old if he continues to impress and if the player wants to remain with the club.
Tuttosport in Italy claim that as well as Mario, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcelo Brozovic are also available, as the Nerazzurri look to pursue a permanent transfer for current Barcelona-loanee Rafinha.
Mario signed for Inter for €40million two summers ago from Sporting Lisbon, and the club would look to get much of that fee back this summer if they do move him on, with the Italian giants willing to except €30million.
Mario feels that he is improving as a player having played in the Premier League, last week saying;
The intensity of the English game is high and that’s good for me because it will add things to my game that I don’t have yet. I’m happy to be playing at this level and will try to improve myself every time I go onto the pitch.
I will try to do my best. It’s important for me to show my quality in a West Ham shirt. I am glad to be here and I will give everything.
I can see right away that the game is really fast and physical.
West Ham currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League on 30 points, just four points above the relegation zone.