Monday August 26 2019
Joao Mario set for Russia

In a late twist, Inter midfielder Joao Mario is now close to joining Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

Joao Mario had been linked with Monaco only this morning, but Sky Sport Italia is now reporting that he is Lokomotiv-bound.

The broadcaster explains the Portuguese was at Inter’s offices earlier to finalise his move to Moscow.

The Russians are set to sign the 26-year-old on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Joao Mario set the Nerazzurri back €45m in the summer of 2016, but he has gone on to play just 69 times in three seasons, scoring four goals.

He also spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign at Premier League outfit West Ham United.

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