Brighton ready to meet €30m demands for Inter star but face competition

Date published: Saturday 27th July 2019 5:50 - Samuel Bannister

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Brighton face a battle to convince Joao Mario after entering negotiations for the Inter Milan midfielder, it is claimed.

The Seagulls are looking to revamp their squad after narrowly avoiding relegation last season, and reports in Italy suggest they are set to rival Monaco for the signature of Mario.

Inter have reportedly made Mario available for around €30m, as Antonio Conte looks to rebuild the squad to match his desires. It has been suggested that he is one of three players Inter want to sacrifice in order to land Arturo Vidal from Barcelona.

According to Sportitalia journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Brighton have now made an offer to Inter for the 26-year-old, who won the European Championships with Portugal in 2016, and are ready to match their asking price.

However, Mario is also being tracked by Monaco, for whom he would prefer to sign. The Ligue 1 club are also interested in Inter full-back Dalbert, whose future the San Siro club are yet to make a decision on, but could become part of a double deal.

Mario will give thought to the move to Brighton, it is claimed, with his experience on loan in the Premier League with West Ham in 2018 staying in the back of his mind – but his preference remains Monaco.


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