The father of Joao Mario has hinted that his son could favour a move to Italy this summer.
Mario was one of the stars of the Portugal side which won Euro 2016 and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder .
But Inter Milan are also lining up a move to land the 23-year-old – and Mario’s dad has suggested that the San Siro club could be his preferred destination.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, Joao Mario Eduardo said: “My son is on holiday right now, he was amazing on the pitch on Sunday [against France in the Euro 2016 final] and despite being on holiday he wants updates over his future.
“We have some meetings scheduled in the next 10 days and there will be news soon.
“Inter are a top club, everyone player would like to wear their shirt.
“Serie A is also an amazing league with clubs like Juventus, Roma and AC Milan. Joao Mario is ready to play in Italy. He can play everywhere in Europe, I am proud of him.
“But his transfer doesn’t depend on us only. Sporting Lisbon have to be taken into account too.”
However, it is unclear whether Inter will be able to afford the midfielder, with A Bola reporting that Sporting have set a £50m asking price.