Inter Milan still have hope in their aim to sign Portuguese defender Tiago Djalo from Lille ahead of Juventus.

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

For the past several weeks, Inter have been working to secure an agreement with Djalo on a summer free transfer.

The Nerazzurri have been keen on the 23-year-old as a target for a while.

And the fact that Djalo’s contract with Lille expires at the end of June has marked him out as a free transfer opportunity for the summer.

Inter’s penchant for hunting free transfer signings is no great secret.

So the Nerazzurri have been in active contact with Djalo’s representatives for months. And the player has given his assent to the move.

But Lille have had other plans.

The Ligue 1 club have no intention of letting Djalo leave on a free transfer. Instead, they are aiming to sell the young defender this month.

Inter Still Have Hope In Tiago Djalo Transfer Battle With Juventus

Lille’s position has invited Juventus onto the scene.

The Bianconeri have already found an agreement with the Ligue 1 side, Tuttosport reports.

The two clubs have agreed on an initial fee of €2 million, rising to €3.5 million with add-ons.

Therefore, if the Bianconeri can find an agreement with Djalo, then they will be able to sign the 23-year-old this month.

That means that everything depends on the player’s position.

Should Djalo decide to hold firm on his agreement with Inter, then he can stay at Lille for the rest of the season, and then join the Nerazzurri on a free transfer in six months’ time.

On the other time, were the Portuguese to change his mind, he’ll join Juventus.

Inter still have hope that Djalo will stick to his informal agreement.

The player and his representatives were more than happy with the €2.5 million net per season contract that the Nerazzurri have offered for the summer.

Therefore, even if Juventus equal that, Djalo may still decide to stick to the plan of joining Inter.