Juventus are looking to steal a march on rivals Inter as they bid to sign Lille centre-back Tiago Djalo in January. The Portuguese defender, an old favourite of Cristiano Giuntoli and the Bianconeri, has a contract expiring in June and wants to join Inter in the summer.
La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juve have already reached an agreement in principle with the French side, who are keen to sell the defender now, rather than lose him for free in six months.
Djalo has been out of action since March (ruptured cruciate) and is desperate to ‘get back into the limelight right away, and Gazzetta suggest this scenario is ‘only possible by leaving Lille, who obviously will not field a player about to leave the club as a free agent in the coming months.’
Juve, on the strength of their relationship with Lille, are hoping to convince Djalò to review his plans and could benefit by signing him immediately.
Gazzetta suggest that with Dean Huijsen edging closer to a love to Roma, Djalò could be integrated into the team for the second part of the season.
Despite their strong interest, Juve will have to contend with Inter, as well and Atletico Madrid and PSG, for Djalò’s signature.