Joao Mario rejected an offer from Atletico Madrid because he only wants Inter, claims the Corriere dello Sport.
The midfielder is expected to start this evening when Portugal take on France in the Euro 2016 Final.
It’s widely reported Joao Mario has already told Sporting CP that he wants to move on this summer.
The Corriere dello Sport maintains Atletico Madrid made an offer, but the 23-year-old turned it down because he only has eyes for Inter.
An initial €25m proposal was rejected by Sporting, as his release clause is worth €60m.
Inter hope to negotiate it down with the aid of the player putting pressure on his club.
Another option would be to bypass Financial Fair Play restrictions by getting Jiangsu Suning to buy Joao Mario and then loan him to Inter.
Both clubs are now owned by the powerful Chinese Suning Commerce Group.