Everton opinion – Toffees linked with Joao Mario – Good move?
The 26-year-old Portuguese international does have English top-flight experience when he was on loan at West Ham last season under the management of David Moyes.
After arriving in Italy in the summer of 2016 after winning the European Championship with his country, Mario has been in and out of the team at San Siro.
The midfielder has made only 20 league appearances this season and is being tracked by the Toffees (h/t Liverpool Echo). French strugglers Monaco are also in the race. Inter value the player at around £15m (h/t Liverpool Echo).
Here’s why Everton should beat Monaco for the signature of the Portuguese international:
Mario’s versatility and quality could be prodigious for Silva’s men
Joao Mario is a quality midfield player, who can operate in several positions across the centre of the park.
The Portuguese’s predominant role is to play as a box-to-box midfielder and impact on both facets of the game. But he is capable of playing as wide midfielder in a narrow formation or as a number 10 behind the striker.
The 26-year-old’s ability to take people on and dribble past them in midfield is unique in some sense. Just like most Portuguese midfielders, his passing is generally up to the point, which makes possession retention very smooth in midfield.
Even though Mario didn’t feature much in his loan spell at West Ham, he possesses the attributes to work wonders with fellow Portuguese Marco Silva, who happens to be the manager of Everton.
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Therefore, Everton must forge something and beat Monaco to the signing of Joao Mario this summer. It would certainly help them qualify for European football next season.