Inter have had Lille defender Tiago Djaló on their radar for months now, but the 23-year old could become a new Juventus player already this January.

The Nerazzurri have been following Tiago Djaló for just around a year. The defender suffered an  ACL injury in March of 2023 and has been out since, recently returning to work on the pitch alone. Djaló’s contract with Lille is expiring in June 2024 and has been one of Inter’s main targets for next season. It had been reported since October 2023 that Inter have been negotiating with his entourage and remaining close to the player even despite his injury, similarly to Marcus Thuram before he signed with Inter.

Other European clubs such as Juventus, Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona have been interested in the defender, but Inter moved first and have been confident that Djaló will join in the summer, as the Nerazzurri were able to reach an agreement on personal terms and the player has given Inter ‘priority’, according to SkySport Italia journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio. Inter would not want to participate in an auction and Djaló is only an option in June, no chance for a January move.

Over the past days, it has been reported that Tiago Djaló wants to leave Lille in January, and that Lille would prefer to sell the defender to get a small fee instead of losing him on a free transfer in the summer. Juventus have never dropped their interest and have agreed on a €3.5M fee. Djaló has opened to joining Juventus in January- who would reportedly send the defender out on loan in Italy to learn the language, the country and Italian football.

The final decision is now up to Djaló, whether to join Juventus now or maintain his word that he gave Inter to join as a free agent in June.