In Inter’s balance sheet there is a part that concerns the Joao Mario issue and his transfer from Sporting Lisbon. This is the press release: “On August 10, 2022, Inter received a request for compensation for Euro 30 million raised by Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol (“ Sporting CP) in relation to the definitive transfer of the player Joao Mario to Benfica for failure to activate the Pre-emption in favor of Sporting CP in the event of a player’s transfer to any other club participating in the Portuguese league. The Club, although not responsible for contractual violations, is examining the counterpart’s complaints with its lawyers and will act in the competent offices for the protection of their interests “.
THE SITUATION – The story dates back to 2021: the Portuguese rescinds the contract with the Nerazzurri and marries to Benfica, but the transfer infuriates the green-and-whites, who had asked for the player but received no for an answer. The legal dispute arises from the fact that the club coached by Amorim should have received, by contract, 30 million if the player had moved to another Portuguese clubwhich happened, albeit with a free parameter.