Inter Milan and Juventus are both keen to sign Lille defender Tiago Djalo on a free transfer next summer.
This according to Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, who report that the Nerazzurri have continued their contacts with the 23-year-old’s representatives, whilst the Bianconeri could also be ready to make a move of their own next summer when his contract with Lille expires.
Djalo is a player who had been on Inter’s radar as early as the January transfer window of last season.
That was when it became clear that Milan Skriniar would not be extending his contract.
Had the Slovakian joined Paris Saint-Germain for a fee in January then Inter were considering a move for Djalo.
The Portuguese international is a player who the Nerazzurri had marked out as a potential like-for-like replacement for Skriniar.
In the end, Skriniar stayed at Inter until the end of last summer. However, given that the Slovakian left to join PSG for free when his contract with the Nerazzurri ran out, a replacement was still needed.
In the end, Inter signed Benjamin Pavard from Bayern Munich to replace Skriniar.
However, that does not mean that they have entirely lost interest in signing Djalo.
Inter & Juventus Could Go Head-To-Head To Sign Tiago Djalo On A Free Transfer
Inter had been in contact with Djalo’s representatives about a possible transfer last summer.
The 23-year-old was ready to say yes to a move to the Nerazzurri.
However, a major factor has been a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an injury for Djalo.
The Portuguese picked up a serious knee injury towards the end of last season.
That ruled him out until the end of last campaign. It also has meant that he has been out of action for the start of this one.
Djalo is yet to return from his injury.
However, the Lille defender could return soon enough. And then, next summer he could be an enticing free transfer.
According to TMW, Inter have never really ended contacts with Djalo’s representatives.
The Nerazzurri still see the Portuguese as a target for next summer when his contract with Lille expires.
But Inter will not be without competition for Djalo’s signature.
According to TMW, Juventus have also been in contact with the 23-year-old’s entourage.
The Bianconeri are also considering a swoop to sign Djalo on a free transfer when his contract with Lille runs out.
Moreover, Juventus could offer the Portuguese international higher wages than Inter in order to win the race for his signature.