Friday March 27 2020
Lokomotiv 'eye Joao Mario discount'

Lokomotiv Moscow are reportedly keen to buy Inter midfielder Joao Mario but want to pay less than €18m.

Joao Mario has spent the season on loan at Lokomotiv, who have an €18m option to sign him permanently this summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, the Russian club are eager to tie him down on a long-term deal but “prefer” to spend less than the figure quoted.

Schira adds talks are ongoing between the two sides as they look to thrash out a compromise.

The 27-year-old scored one goal and assisted four in 15 appearances for Lokomotiv before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the campaign.

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