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Thursday May 28 2020
Lokomotiv won't buy Joao Mario

Lokomotiv Moscow have reportedly decided against buying Joao Mario from Inter, but Sporting CP, Olympique Marseille and Real Betis are interested.

According to Sport-Express in Russia, the club has informed Inter it won’t be activating the €18m purchase option after his one-season loan spell.

The 27-year-old was signed from Sporting CP in 2016 for €40m, but never really made an impact at San Siro.

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Monday May 18 2020
Complications for Joao Mario

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.

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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.

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Sunday March 8 2020
Lokomotiv seek Joao Mario discount

Lokomotiv Moscow would like to keep Inter outcast Joao Mario, but want a discount on the midfielder.

Joao Mario joined the Russian outfit on a season-long loan last summer after repeated attempts to settle at San Siro failed.

FCInterNews.It states that the Russian side are pleased with the Portuguese international’s performances, and would like to retain him.

However, the website remarks that Lokomotiv can’t afford the €18m transfer fee agreed upon with Inter, and would like a discount.

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Sunday February 23 2020
Joao Mario: 'Inter treatment despicable'

Inter outcast Joao Mario has slammed the club’s treatment of him. “Inter paid €40m for me and treated me like a kid. It was despicable.”

The Portuguese midfielder is currently on loan at Lokomotiv Moscow from the Nerazzurri following a failed stint in Italy.

Joao Mario was one of the first major signings of the Suning era at Inter, joining for €40m in the summer of 2016.

However things didn’t work out, and he was sent on loan to West Ham in January 2018.

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Tuesday December 10 2019
Joao Mario: 'Don't want Inter return'

Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Joao Mario admits he’d “rather stay” at Lokomotiv Moscow than return to Inter next summer.

Joao Mario joined Lokomotiv on loan with an €18m option to buy in August, and he says he didn’t hesitate to make the move after realising his opportunities would be limited at San Siro.

“I accepted a move to Russia quite quickly,” he told Sport 24. “At that time, I was in Italy and I knew about Inter’s position.

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Monday September 30 2019
Joao Mario: I needed Lokomotiv

Joao Mario has claimed that Lokomotiv Moscow were “just what I needed” after experiencing “some bad times” at Inter.

Joao Mario joined Lokomotiv from Inter on loan with option to buy over the summer and has made an immediate impact,  providing four assists in his first five games.

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Sunday September 1 2019
Icardi lawyer wants to set precedent

Mauro Icardi’s lawyer confirmed they are trying to set a new legal precedent by suing Inter. “It’s protocol for many clubs, but is it right? A player cannot be set aside like this.”

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Tuesday August 27 2019
Official: Joao Mario to Lokomotiv

Joao Mario says he has joined ‘a great club’ after officially leaving Inter for Lokomotiv Moscow.

Joao Mario moves to Lokomotiv on a season-long loan with an €18m option to buy, and he was presented by his new club on Tuesday evening.

“I’m very happy to join Lokomotiv,” remarked the midfielder.

“I know this is a great club. They’ve signed many famous and experienced players.

“I asked [Manuel] Fernandes and Eder about Lokomotiv when we played for the Portuguese national team.

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Tuesday August 27 2019
Joao Mario arrives for Lokomotiv

Joao Mario is set to become a Lokomotiv Moscow player today as it emerges they will cover the entirety of his Inter wages.

Joao Mario was snapped touching down in Moscow on Tuesday morning as he took a selfie with a supporter.

The midfielder is moving to Lokomotiv on a season-long loan with an €18m option to buy.

According to FcInter1908 – an offshoot of Gazzetta dello Sport – the Russian club will also pay the remainder of his salary this season.

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