Inter Milan are pushing to seal a deal for Lille defender Tiago Djalo on a free transfer next summer by the end of January.
This according to Italian news outlet 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.
Djalo was never a serious candidate in the summer due to a lengthy period on the sidelines with an ACL injury.
However, that does not mean that they have entirely lost interest in signing Djalo.
On the contrary, FCIN notes, the club have maintained a similar attitude to the Portuguese that they had in their chase of Marcus Thuram.
Djalo, like Thuram, did not sign for Inter due to an injury. But as with the French striker, the Nerazzuri have kept in contact with Djalo’s representatives all the while.
Inter Pushing To Wrap Up Tiago Djalo Free Transfer Signing By End Of January
As with their chase of Thuram, Inter are now looking to get a deal done for Djalo on the basis of a free transfer.
The 23-year-old’s contract with Lille runs out at the end of next June.
This would naturally make Djalo a very appealing target for Inter. The Nerazzurri’s propensity to seek out free transfer opportunities on the market is no big secret.
However, Djalo’s availability on a free transfer next summer is also attracting other suitors.
FCIN note that Juventus are also aiming to bring the Lille defender to Serie A.
And if Djalo were to want to stay in France, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are also keen according to FCIN.
But neither the Bianconeri nor PSG have made anywhere near as much progress in their chase of Djalo as Inter have, FCIN report.
The Nerazzurri are already drawing up a contract. They’re aiming to bring in Djalo on a five-year deal that would see the defender earn €2-2.5 million net per season.
That is roughly what Juventus would offer as well. But the Bianconeri are not pushing with the same urgency,
Ditty for PSG. The club from the French capital are also looking at other priorities.
That is not the case for Inter, though. The Nerazzurri want to wrap up a deal for Djalo at virtually the first opportunity.
Once the January transfer window opens, Inter can start negotiating with Djalo and his representatives.
And the Nerazzurri’s intention is to take advantage of that opportunity.
Inter’s preparations are already well underway to try and work out a contract with Djalo to join on a free transfer when his deal with Lille runs out.
And according to FCIN, the Nerazzurri’s timeline is to have a pre-contract agreement in the works by the end of January.