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Inter: Joao Mario not for sale

Manchester United have been monitoring and were probably hoping that they can secure the signature of Inter midfielder Joao Mario, but Inter says he is not for sale

According to Inter director Walter Sabatini, even though he Portugal international has dropped out of the Nerazzurri’s starting line-up this season, and has been linked with a possible transfer, the Serie A giants have no intention of selling Mario.

It seems like the decision of Luciano Spalletti to drop Joao Mario out of the starting line-up is not good enough reason to sell him, despite sparking rumours of a potential move away.

According to GOAL, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with the 24-year-old, who joined from Sporting CP in 2016 for around €45 million, but Sabatini says the club have no intention of letting him go.

“As with all those who have to earn their place at the World Cup, Joao has some issues with the lack of playing time. We don’t want to lose him, so he and Luciano Spalletti will find common ground and they’ll work out what to do. He is our player and we want to keep him,” the director told Sky Sport.

As far as the Italian top-flight is concerned, Inter are in for a real battle for the title this season, after leading the league table for only a little while. They were ahead of the pack before a 3-1 loss to Udinese resulted in them getting overtaken by both Napoli and Juventus. However, they are just 2 points away from the top spot, and Sabatini claimed they will invest in players during January, to make things better.

“We are in sync with the coach on the intention of making a few adjustments in January. We are evaluating the situations for Ramires and Alex Teixeira, it is all yet to be defined,” he concluded.