Loan star Joao Mario may not make a permanent switch to West Ham United this summer after Italian outlet FCInterNews.it revealed that his agent is offering his services to some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Kia Joorabchian, one of the most well-known player representatives in the game, is said to have touted the Portugal international to both Manchester United and Valencia as he seeks an exit from Inter Milan, who are happy to let him go.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is known to be a fan of his compatriot, who impressed during his brief stint at the London Stadium.
Joao Mario joined West Ham in January and was a regular in the side under David Moyes, making 13 Premier League appearances, scoring twice and providing one assist.
However, it was his link up play with the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini that really caught the eye and the trio became strong attacking threats for the Hammers in the latter stages of the campaign.
Most Hammers fans would love to see the 25-year-old back next term, although his price tag could be as high as €30 million (£26.3 million) and may rise even further depending on his performances at this summer’s World Cup.
And with Moyes having been replaced in the hot seat by former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, a lot will depend on whether Joao Mario is fancied by the Chilean.
The ex-Sporting Lisbon star has enjoyed his time at West Ham and the club may be able to tempt him into a permanent deal by making it clear that he will be a focal point of the team.
Pellegrini generally favours an attacking brand of football and that could suit Joao Mario if he is indeed interested in a return to the Irons ahead of the 2018-19 season.