Bad news for Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool have failed to secure a £33million deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, confirms the player’s father.
The Reds were one of a number of clubs to be linked with the Portugal international this summer, with Inter Milan also witnessed their offer knocked back by Portuguese giants.
Chelsea and Manchester United are also in the hunt to secure the service of the talented Portuguese.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is quite interested in bringing Mario to Stamford Bridge in a believed to be £46million deal despite already splashing the cash on N’Golo kante.
While United could yet make a move if their potential world-record transfer for Pogba slows down.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep on add more strength to his midfield, with Moussa Sissoko also being linked with the Reds despite the recent signing of Georginio Wijnaldum.
Still, from this latest development it’s not clear if Klopp will up his bid for Mario.
“Proposals for the lad don’t come directly to me,” Mario’s father told Diario de Noticias.
“They go to his agent, Kia Joorabchian, and the Sporting President. I was informed, however, that the club said no to €35m plus €10m in bonuses from Inter and to €40m from Liverpool.
“Nothing particular has happened, my son is a professional and knows he has a contract with Sporting.
“At the same time, we’re talking about a very valuable player for the club, who would aspire to bigger projects in the course of his career.”
Mario has been able to take his game to the next level last season in dazzling style. Blessed with wonderful technique, extraordinary football IQ and a selfless work rate, he has been one of the chief driving forces behind Sporting’s strong title challenge last term.
Mario’s brilliant control, accurate distribution and faultless decision-making ensure it’s almost impossible for the opposition to snatch the ball away from him.