Inter Milan could fall short in their pursuit of Lille defender Tiago Djalo as they don’t have the funds to finalize the operation in January.

The Portuguese has been on the club’s shortlist since last season. But after suffering a Cruciate ligament injury in March, the Nerazzurri opted against signing him last summer.

The defender remains out of action but should make his return to the pitch in the coming weeks.

For their part, the Italian giants remain keen on signing the 23-year-old once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta would like to make Djalo his latest free-agent coup.

But according to Il Corriere dello Sport via FcInterNews, Lille are looking to sell the centre-back in January before losing his services for free in June.

This could pose a problem for the Nerazzurri who don’t have the necessary funds to secure the deal.

As the report tells it, the Ligue 1 side is looking to pocket 5 million euros from the operation.

Inter Milan Could Miss Out On Tiago Djalo As Lille Decide To Sell In January

This situation could open the door for the likes of Juventus and Barcelona who could be looking to pounce on the opportunity to sign the Portuguese.

The Roman newspaper adds that Djalo is willing to wait for Inter, but at the same time, he feels ready to make his next career step as soon as possible.

The defender is a youth product of Sporting Lisbon. He had a brief stint with AC Milan’s Primavera squad before joining Lille in 2019.