Inter Milan remain in the lead in the race for Tiago Djalo but they still risk losing his services in favor of a January suitor.

The Nerazzurri have been tracking the Lille defender for quite some time now.

They were even planning for a swoop last summer but the player’s Cruciate Ligament injury derailed the operation.

The 23-year-old is still working on his recovery and should make his return to the pitch at some point during the campaign.

The Portuguese is currently running on an expiring contract. Therefore, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta will be looking to make him his latest free-agent acquisition.

According to Tuttosport via FcInter1908, the Italian giants are in pole position to sign Djalo in the summer. However, a January sale still represents a risk.

As the source explains, Lille would prefer to sell the defender in January rather than lose his services for free at the end of the season.

Therefore, the Nerazzurri remain cautious on this front.

Inter Milan In Pole Position For Tiago Djalo But January Sale Remains A Concerning Issue

Djalo rose through the ranks of Sporting Lisbon before signing for AC Milan in January 2019.

However, his Rossoneri stint was a brief one. In August 2019, he signed for Lille, gradually establishing himself as one of the most exciting young defenders in Ligue 1.

Djalo is primarily a centre-back but can feature as a fullback on either flank.

After representing the Portuguese national team’s various age ranks, he earned a call-up for the senior team. However, he has yet to make his debut.