Inter Milan could face an obstacle towards signing Lille defender Tiago Djalo should the Ligue 1 club decide to try and cash in on the player in January.

This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews.

Inter increasingly believe that they will win the race to sign Djalo.

The 23-year-old is out of contract with Lille at the end of next June.

And Djalo has made very clear to his current club that he has no intention of signing a new deal.

Therefore, the Portuguese should be available on a free transfer in just a few months’ time.

Inter had already targeted Djalo in the past. They had looked at the Lille defender as a prospective replacement for Milan Skriniar.

And given that Inter kept in contact with Djalo’s representatives, the Nerazzurri have clearly sensed the opportunity to sign the player next summer.

Reportedly, Inter now feel that they have a solid verbal agreement with Djalo.

And according to Tuttosport, it is true that Inter are now in pole position to sign the Portuguese next summer.

Other major European clubs like Juventus and Barcelona had also been keen. But Inter look to have convinced the player.

But Tuttosport note that there could be one aspect that would derail Inter’s pursuit.

Inter Could Miss Out If Lille Push To Sell Tiago Djalo

From Lille’s perspective, there would be little desire to lose Djalo on a free transfer.

The French side, who won the Ligue 1 title during the 2020-21 season, did not have the opportunity to sell Djalo over the summer.

The 23-year-old had been recovering from a long-term knee injury.

And now with Djalo making clear that he has no intention of signing a new deal, Lille face the prospect of losing him for nothing.

But the Ligue 1 side could still push to sell Djalo for a fee in January.

The January transfer window would represent Lille’s last opportunity to bring in a fee for the Portuguese.

But there would be the question of whether Djalo would accept a January move away.

The 23-year-old could well simply prefer to commit his future to Inter for next summer.