Two of Portugal’s Euro 2016 stars have become primary transfer targets for a number of English Premier League clubs.
The Sporting Lisbon duo of William Carvalho and Joao Mario were both key members of the Portuguese team which won the European Championships in France, with the pair now understood to be attracting interest from some of the top clubs in England.
Magnificent Joao Mario
As an ever present during Portugal’s successful Euro 2016 campaign, Joao Mario produced a series of excellent performances by consistently displaying his superb technical ability, range of passing and ability to read the game, with the 23-year-old also doing that for Sporting Lisbon throughout last season.
During that as well as scoring six goals, Mario provided assists for another 11 to help his club, managed by Jorge Jesus, finish second in the Primeira Liga. Subsequently following his superb form for both club and country over the past year, Joao Mario is now being linked with a move away from Sporting Lisbon, with the club having rejected a bid in the region of £33.5 for him from Liverpool, as reported by Goal.
Whether Jurgen Klopp’s side will submit an improved offer as yet remains unclear, however Chelsea are believed as being ready to make £46m proposal for Joao Mario, with Goal also suggesting that Manchester United may register an interest in the assured, calm and elegant midfielder should they be unable to agree a deal to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus.
Therefore Joao Mario is a player in high demand, which is understandable given that he has established himself as one of the finest playmakers in European football. In addition to having now earned 18 international caps for Portugal at senior level, Joao Mario also enjoyed a superb Under-21 career with Selecao.
Specifically he was an ever present in the Portuguese side which reached the final of last year’s UEFA U-21 Championship, before losing on penalties to Sweden. So too was Joao Mario’s Sporting Lisbon team mate William Carvalho, who is reportedly a transfer target for both Chelsea and Everton, according to Metro.
Calm and composed Carvalho
The 24-year-old holding midfielder plays with controlled aggression and composure, whilst being a tough tackler, who has a wonderful sense of position and ability to read the game.
By showcasing those attributes for both Portugal and Sporting Lisbon over the past three years, Carvalho has earned the admiration of some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with Chelsea and Everton identifying him as a player ideally suited to bolstering their midfield options.
It is understood that Sporting may be willing to listen to offers in the region of £30m for Carvalho, who was named the UEFA European U-21 Championship player of the tournament and now has 25 international caps to his name.