Inter and Juventus look set to battle it out for the signature of Argentina playmaker Juan-Roman Riquelme in the January transfer window, according to press reports.
Riquelme is expected to leave Villarreal in January after failing to patch-up his differences with coach Manuel Pellegrini.
The Argentinian went out on loan to Boca Juniors last season after falling out of favour with Pellegrini, and he came close to joining Atletico Madrid in the summer before the deal collapsed.
Riquelme’s international team-mate Walter Samuel, a centre-back, said he would love to see the 29-year-old join him at Inter.
“They say that Riquelme is slow and it makes me laugh,” Samuel told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“With him the ball goes so quickly. He is a great three-quarter (attacking midfielder) and the kind of player you can rely on – I’d love to have him here at Inter.”
Despite a lack of first team action for Villarreal this season, Riquelme scored twice in Argentina’s win over Bolivia at the weekend.