Arsenal shocked as Man Utd set to hijack deal for 23-year-old sensation

Arsene Wenger

Manchester United are preparing a £24.5m bid for Joao Mario, reports in Portugal say. Arsenal may be in for a rude shock if the player finally joins United, since they have been linked with the transfer of the midfielder to the Emirates stadium in the recent past.

United club officials scouted the 23-year old on Saturday, and the results are that a bid is already on the table, meaning that the scouts liked his performance. Apart from Arsenal, other big clubs interested in the player’s signature include Paris St-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Juventus

Super Mario has played for Sporting Lisbon 32 times in the Primeira Liga this season, seeing the net six times and providing eleven assists. He has also made 5 appearances for his club in the Europa league, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

The Portuguese right winger will be a great addition to a struggling Manchester united midfield. His contract with Sporting Lisbon ends on 30th June 2020 but United wants to end its stay at the Estádio José Alvalade prematurely.

His youth coach is always full of praises for the player, saying tipping him to excel at the international level. He gets better every day, playing good football and scoring important goals for the club.
The news of Joao Mario interest are good news to united fans, who expect a lot of changes in the first team. It is just the other day that Louis Van Gaal promised them a trophy-laden campaign as his contract with the 20-time EPL champions comes to an end next year