Inter Milan have signed Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning midfielder Joao Mario from Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed fee, the Serie A club said on Sunday.
Mario, who has moved for a reported fee of around 45m euros, cored six goals in 33 league appearances for Sporting last season.
“We’re delighted to have Joao Mario at Inter. He’s a top player and we’d been tracking him for a long time. He’ll further reinforce what is already a very strong squad,” the Italian club’s president Erick Thohir said.
Joao Mario’s transfer beats Sporting’s sales of Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.24m) and Nani (£25m) to Manchester United.
It is also the second-biggest move out of Portugal, marginally behind the fee Monaco paid Porto for Colombian James Rodriguez in 2013.
Midfielder Mario made 171 appearances for Sporting Lisbon and played in every game of Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, when they beat France 1-0 in the final.