Joao Mario is one of a number of
several former players that Sporting president Frederico Varandas would
like to bring back to the club according to a report from Portuguese
news outlet O Jogo.
27-year-old is currently on Inter’s books and has been since the Summer
of 2016 but is currently out on loan at Russian Premier League club
Lokomotiv Moscow, who he has made 15 appearances for across all
competitions this season in which he has scored one goal and provided
Aside from Joao Mario, the report states that
Varandas would also like to bring Adrien Silva, Islam Slimani, Cédric
Soares and Miguel Veloso back to the José Alvalade Stadium.
Cedric and Veloso all started their careers with Sporting just like
Joao Mario did whilst it was Sporting who brought Algerian national team
striker Slimani to Europe from Chabab Riadhi de Belouizdad back in the
Summer of 2013.