Chelsea transfer news: Joao Mario ‘rejects move’ due to Maurizio Sarri reason

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CHELSEA failed in a bid to sign former West Ham loanee Joao Mario, it has been claimed.

Inter Milan are hoping to offload Mario as they look to overhaul their squad ahead of the Serie A season.

Reports in Italy suggest the Portugal international was offered the chance to join Chelsea.

But, according to FCInterMilan, Mario snubbed the opportunity because he did not want to work with Maurizio Sarri.

It is bizarrely claimed the 25-year-old has no interest in working with an Italian manager.

Mario joined Inter Milan from Sporting Lisbon after starring for Portugal at Euro 2016 but struggled for form at the San Siro.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and caught the eye as the Hammers secured their place in the Premier League.

A string of English clubs including Leicester and Wolves have been linked with swoops for Mario.

He is expected to leave Inter Milan before the Italian transfer window slams shut on August 17.

Chelsea transfer news: Joao Mario ‘rejects move’ due to bizarre Maurizio Sarri reason

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Chelsea transfer news: Joao Mario has rejected a move from Inter Milan

FCInterMilan claim he will not be moving to another Italian club.

Chelsea have completed four signings in the summer transfer window so far.

Jorginho arrived from Napoli at the same time as new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

The Italy international midfielder was soon followed through the arrivals door by former England goalkeeper Robert Green.

Chelsea completed their third capture on the penultimate day, spending a world-record fee on a keeper to land Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

And Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic became signing No.4 when he swapped clubs with Thibaut Courtois earlier today.

Chelsea begin their Premier League campaign at Huddersfield on Saturday (3pm).

Meanwhile, it has been claimed Nabil Fekir agreed personal terms on a move from Lyon before the 5pm deadline. 

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