Inter outcast Joao Mario could reportedly return from Lokomotiv Moscow because of the current financial crisis in European football.
The news from Russia was not the one Inter hoped for, but Calciomercato.com writes that the Nerazzurri might be forced to find a new solution for the Portuguese midfielder.
The 27-year-old moved on loan to Lokomotiv Moscow ahead of the season and has claimed he doesn’t want a return to Inter, but the Russian side’s President has revealed the financial issues has led to new plans.
“We must pull the brakes and can’t afford big investments,” patron Anatoly Mescheriakov said, according to Calciomercato.com. “It’s unthinkable to sign both [PSG loanee Grzegorz] Krychowiak and Joao Mario.
“I would add that there will be eight departures, important players who will be replaced by young people or those already in the squad.”
Joao Mario therefore looks set for a return to Inter but will most likely be shipped again but the club will most likely not get the full amount of €18m in the previous deal with Lokomotiv.
It might also be difficult to get a club to sign the former Sporting CP player on a permanent deal and Calciomercato.com claims the player might have to leave on loan again this season.
After arriving for €40m in August 2016, he has experienced six months on loan at West Ham United in the Premier League and appeared 69 times for the Nerazzurri, contributing four goals and 13 assists in the process.
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