West Ham have been given a massive boost after it emerged that Inter Milan are willing to sell Joao Mario.
Reports in Italy suggest the Serie A club are keen to sign Barcelona’s Rafinha on a permanent deal, after initially taking him on loan from the Spanish side in January.
And they are willing to axe three stars to finance the deal, with Irons loanee Joao Mario among them.
Inter, who could also sell Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcelo Brozovic, paid €40 million for the Portuguese two seasons ago and are hopeful that a good spell in England, followed by a solid World Cup showing this summer, will help to raise his value.
The club have the option to buy Rafinha for €38m and will need to raise the cash quickly in the summer, or risk losing him to another buyer – with Manchester United repeatedly linked.
Football.London report that West Ham did not include a purchase option in the deal to loan Mario, but they may be able to get the deal done cheaply if Inter can offload their other unwanted stars.