Big Liverpool bid revealed, defender set to depart from Anfield

It has been revealed that Liverpool made an unsuccessful bid of £33.4 million for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario earlier this summer.

Mario’s father João Mário Eduardo has claimed that both Liverpool and Inter Milan have made official bids for his son this summer. Eduardo added that both bids were turned down by Sporting.

The Portugal international was one of the standout players for his country in their successful Euro 2016 campaign. The 23-year-old has also attracted interests from Chelsea and Manchester United.

Eduardo told Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias: “The proposals do not go through me, that part is handled by his agent [Kia Joorabchian] directly with the president of Sporting, but I was informed that the club rejected two proposals. One from Inter, 35 million with ten in bonuses. And Liverpool, 40 million without bonuses.”

He added: “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.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool full-back Brad Smith is on the verge of joining AFC Bournemouth on a permanent deal.

Goal claims the Reds have accepted a £6 million bid from the Cherries and the 22-year-old is expected to undergo a medical this week.

Smith, who was a part of the Red’s pre-season tour of USA, will immediately fly back to complete his move. The Merseysiders have reportedly inserted a buy-back option in the deal for the Australian, which will remain valid for the next couple of years.

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