Lille defender Tiago Djalo is keen to join Inter Milan on a free transfer during the upcoming summer transfer window.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.

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.

Lille Defender Tiago Djalo Keen To Join Inter Next Summer

Inter are big fans of Djalo’s versatility. They feel that the Portuguese can play in any position across their backline.

And then the fact that Djalo’s contract with Lille runs out at the end of next June is a big factor.

Inter are sensing an opportunity to sign Djalo on a free transfer.

The Portuguese has made clear that he intends to leave Lille next summer when his contract expires.

The fact that Djalo has recovered from a serious knee injury has not put Inter off. They believe that the 23-year-old can return back to his best.

There are, however, other clubs with an interest in Djalo. These include Juventus, AC Milan, and Barcelona.

But Inter are in the driver’s seat in the chase for the 23-year-old’s signature, the Gazzetta reports.

The reason for this is the player’s preference.

Djalo appreciates that the Nerazzurri have followed him closely through his injury recovery, and is a fan of their project. Therefore, the Gazzetta report, the Lille defender’s preference is Inter.