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Inter Confirm Deals To Sign Two Man United And Chelsea Targets For A Combined €75m

Gabriel of Brazil celebrates his goal against Denmark during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games mens first round Group A football match Brazil vs Denmark, at the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador, Brazil on August 10, 2016 / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

When José Mourinho suggested earlier today that he expects a quiet last few days of the transfer window at Man United, that may not have been of his own choosing.

Though they (along with most of Europe seemingly) maintained an interest in Brazilian international forward Gabriel Barbosa, the 19-year-old has arrived in Milan, with Portuguese international Joao Mario also en route, ahead of joining Serie A side Inter.

Quite how seriously José Mourinho was interested in the player was never made clear, nonetheless Inter’s pursuit has been lengthy and concrete and it appears to have paid dividends.

The club have even taken to Twitter themselves to confirm the impending deals:

With Stevan Jovetic and Marcelo Brozovic looking increasingly likely to leave the San Siro before next Wednesday’s transfer deadline, new Inter manager Frank de Boer has been determined to land both Gabigol and Joao Mario, and the pair’s impressive international form this summer has only made that determination stronger.

Barbosa was part of the Brazilian side that claimed Olympic gold medal glory on home soil earlier this month, while 23-year-old Mario was a member of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad last month.

The midfielder was reported to be of interest to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte before the Blues instead went for N’Golo Kanté, while Portuguese media were alleging recently that Liverpool had a bid of around €30m rejected by his club Sporting Lisbon.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 13: Sporting CPÕs midfielder Joao Mario in action during the Primeira Liga match between Sporting CP and CS Maritimo at Estadio Jose Alvalade on August 13, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

The breakdown of spending, according to earlier reports of the two fees, will see the Nerazurri pay Sporting €45m for Joao Mario’s services, while Gabriel’s transfer fee is likely to be in and around €30m.

With the earlier €25m deal for Antonio Candreva factored in, these deals will take Inter’s summer spending past the €100m mark.

Quite the statement of intent from new owners Suning Holdings as they look to propel the club back to the pinnacle of Italian and European football.

Author: The PA Team

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