JOSE MOURINHO wants Joao Mario from Inter Milan when Henrikh Mkhitaryan goes to the Italian giants.

Mkhitaryan, 28, is set for the axe at Manchester United after losing his first-team place, with Inter ready to swoop.

But the Italians have a player Mourinho has targeted as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick in central midfield.

Joao, 24, will cost United at least the £40million that Inter paid Sporting Lisbon just after he won Euro 2016 with Portugal.