Joao Mario being used as pawn for Gaitan and Carrasco. The situation...
Joao Mario is a pawn that Inter are using to speak to Atletico Madrid for two players in particular: Gaitan and Carrasco. About the latter, it seems that the Spanish club wants to do an outright sale to monetize Carrasco right away, something that Inter will not be able to do and thus, an exchange with former Benfica player (Gaitan) is more doable but the problem remains his missing European passport.
Inter only have one non-EU left and Gaitan’s arrival would rule out that of Ramires from Jiangsu Suning. The player’s agent explained the other day that very soon, the player will get the Portuguese passport but January 31 is right away the corner. On Gaitain, there is also Boca Juniors.
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Source: FC Inter News