Official: Joao Mario to Benfica

Benfica have officially announced the arrival of Joao Mario on a free transfer, after the Portuguese midfielder terminated his deal with Inter.

Joao Mario reached an agreement with Inter to termainate his deal at San Siro yesterday, and now he is officially a new Benfica player.

Benfica have announced the signing of the 28-year-old, who spent last term on loan with Sporting CP and helped the Verde e Brancos pick up the Primeira Liga title.

Sporting hoped the midfielder would return on a permanent deal, but rivals Benfica have swooped to secure a deal with the free agent.