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Inter favourites to land signature of Internacional's Juan ahead of AC Milan - report

Inter have stolen a march on their city rivals AC Milan in the chase for Brazilian defender Juan, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The Internacional defender has attracted the attention of Europe's elite clubs with his recent performances, and the 2010 Champions League winners have been most proactive in pursuing their interest, with the in-demand 20-year-old reportedly indicating that his preference is to join Claudio Ranieri's men.

AC Milan general director Ariel Braida had attempted to use Alexandre Pato's link between the defender's current club and Massimiliano Allegri's men as a conduit, but his attempts seem doomed to failure.

However, Inter sporting director Marco Branca's efforts look to have reaped reward. Indeed, the paper claims that a five-year contract has been agreed between the player and the Serie A giants for a switch which will be completed once the January transfer window opens.

The onus will be on the centre-back to plug a leaky backline, which has conceded 13 goals in six games as the San Siro side have slumped to 17th in the league.