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Inter Milan Sign Portuguese Winger Joao Mario From Sporting Lisbon

Joao Mario’s international midfielder Joao Mario has left Sporting Lisbon to join for a record 45 million euros, the Lisbon club announced in a statement on Saturday.

The deal, described as “the record figure for a transfer of a Portuguese premier division player,” exceeded previous deals for Renato Sanches, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao.

The 23-year-old Mario, who has been capped 18 times for his country, helped Portugal win the European Championship in in July.

“The club wishes Joao Mario happiness on a personal and professional level.”

“I followed Joao throughout the Euros and saw Portugal’s victory in the Final,” said Inter club patron Jindong Zhang said.

“Now I hope to see him achieve more success wearing in an Inter shirt.”

“We’re delighted to have Joao Mario at Inter,” added President Erick Thohir.

“He’s a top player and we’d been tracking him for a long time. He’ll further reinforce what is already a very strong squad.”

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