The club in Lisbon claims that the Nerazzurri improperly evaded a solid transfer clause in the original agreement that took the player to Milan.
Inter have dismissed Sporting CP’s allegations that they acted improperly, ending Joao Mario’s contract, as the Portuguese party is preparing legal action over his move to rival Benfica.
Sporting claim that the player was released to circumvent a hefty transfer clause that would have come into effect if Inter had sold him to Benfica.
But the Nerazzurri, who signed Mario from Sporting in 2016, opposed a strongly worded statement in which they assured that the accusations were ‘unacceptable’.
What was said?
“FC Internazionale Milano are aware of the statement made by Sporting Clube de Portugal to the media,” Inter said in a statement released at the club. Official Website on Tuesday.
“The remarks are unacceptable, extremely serious and – most importantly – without any truth.
“The club will protect its image and reputation in the relevant forums.”
What are Sporting’s allegations?
The club in Lisbon believe that Inter deliberately avoided releasing Joao Mario just before signing with their arch-rivals Benfica, in order to unleash a clause that the club would impose a financial fine if they handed him over to another Portuguese team would sell.
Sporting also claim that they themselves tried to sign the Portuguese midfielder, but that they were rejected by the reigning Serie A champions.
“Inter have rejected our offer, and they have revoked the contract with Joao Mario to sign him for Benfica,” the statement read.
“We believe that this solution was used to avoid a clause signed in 2016. We will defend the interests of the club and claim for damages caused by the breach of these agreements.
“In 2016, Inter and Joao Mario accepted the clause to pay an extra € 30 million if it is sold to another Portuguese club.”