Everton will have the opportunity to sign Joao Mario from Inter Milan this summer, according to a report in The Daily Mail.

The Portugal international midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan with West Ham United, scoring twice and registering one assist in 14 appearances in all competitions.

Mario returned to Inter this season, playing 22 times for the Italian side as they finished behind Juventus and Napoli in Serie A.

The 26-year-old scored three goals this campaign but could be set to move on again – just three years after signing for the Italians from Sporting Lisbon.

The Mail reports that Everton are being given an opportunity to sign Mario for around £15 million.

With Idrissa Gueye being linked with a move away from Goodison Park and the Toffees holding out for up to £40 million, they are in the market for reinforcements.

Andre Gomes’ future is also uncertain and there is no guarantee that Everton will be able to convince him to make his loan from Barcelona permanent.

Mario’s international experience and the fact that he has already spent time in the Premier League could make him a good fit for the Merseyside club.

However, Everton face competition with Monaco and Porto reportedly interested, The Mail adds.

On the other hand, the report does not state whether the Toffees have registered any interest in the player themselves.

That suggests Inter may be more keen to offload Mario than Everton are interested in signing him and they may instead have their eye on other targets.


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