Always a bridesmaid and never the bride – seems to be true for Joao Mario. The player was reportedly courted by Bayern Munich before the Bavarians got Renato Sanches. Following that, there was reported interest from Barcelona before the Catalans signed Andre Gomes.
Nonetheless, there is a place for every bridesmaid after all. Liverpool are said to be interested in 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder who shone so brightly at the Euro 2016. However, there is news that a bid of £33.5 million from the Reds was rejected by Sporting Lisbon last month. And now Liverpool are believed to be in competition with Real Madrid to sign the player.
According to A Bola, a Portuguese publication, Zidane has his eyes firmly set on Joao Mario as the Spanish giants are set to miss out on Paul Pogba. Will Liverpool be able to thwart the advances of Real and nick the player for themselves? Only if Jurgen Klopp has a say in it.