Juventus and Atletico Madrid are both ready to rival Inter Milan for the signature of Lille defender Tiago Djalo on a free transfer next summer.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Inter have been moving aggressively in their pursuit of 23-year-old Portguese youth international Djalo.
The defender’s contract with Lille runs out at the end of next June. And he has made clear that he will not extend his deal.
Therefore the Nerazzurri have sensed an opportunity to sign Djalo on a free transfer next summer.
And the contacts with the player’s representatives have been very positive.
Djalo has been very receptive to the idea of joining Inter when his contract with Lille expires.
This has put the Nerazzurri in the driver’s seat to sign the Portuguese.
But that does not mean that Inter are the only team still hoping to sign Djalo next summer.
Juventus & Atletico Madrid Rival Inter For Tiago Djalo
Juventus and Atletico are both still working in the hopes of signing Djalo.
According to the Gazzetta, both are still hoping to wrap up an agreement with the 23-year-old in January.
Once the January transfer window opens, club can begin formally negotiating with Djalo and his entourage.
Inter could look to use that as an opportunity to agree a pre-contract agreement with the Portuguese.
But on the other hand, the Gazzetta report, the Bianconeri and the Colchoneros also have the same agreement.
The race to sign Djalo next summer is not over yet, the newspaper anticipate.
Meanwhile, there would also be the possibility of Lille selling Djalo for a fee.
Naturally, the Ligue 1 side will not want to lose the 23-year-old for nothing.
According to the Gazzetta, Lille would accept an offer of around €4-5 million for Djalo. Whether the player himself would accept a January move or would prefer to wait until the summer to leave on a free transfer is a different story.
Inter, or other clubs interested, could well consider moving early in January to beat the competition, the Gazzetta suggest.