Chelsea confident of signing Manchester United target in next 48 hours

Chelsea are in a strong position to sign Portuguese midfield hero Joao Mario, according to reports from O Jogo. Blues are ready with a €40million offer which has all but convinced the player to make a move this summer.

Manchester United were linked with the player as well however with Paul Pogba in the fray, United are no longer focused on any other target right now. It has allowed Chelsea to make their move who have already contacted Mario’s agent in recent weeks.

According to O Jogo, Chelsea will open the bidding for Mario at €40m and are convinced that it would be enough for Sporting Lisbon to sell their key man. Mario was one of Portugal’s most crucial players during their successful Euro 2016 campaign.

Why Mario is ideal for Chelsea right now?

In last 12-18 months, Mario has changed his playing style for good. Earlier seen as an out and out winger, Mario is now capable of playing in the central midfield which we saw during the Euros.

Mario has the pace and trickery to beat defenders and is never shy of putting a decent shift for his team. Antonio Conte can thrive with a player like Mario in his ranks and that is why Chelsea are determined to sign the 23-year-old midfield star.

Mario enjoyed a successful 2015-16 season with 12 goals in 45 appearances for Lisbon and then he wrapped it up in style with the Euro 2016 crown with Portugal.

Chances of Mario signing for Chelsea – 3/5

The timing, Mario’s age and profile has surfaced at the best possible time for Chelsea to go on and clinch this transfer. Conte’s urge to sign an all round midfield player will see Chelsea fight for Joao Mario in coming days and eventually complete his signing.