Inter check on Samuel
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Internazionale are reported to be checking the availability of defender Walter Samuel.Internazionale are reported to be checking the availability of defender Walter Samuel after his recent spat with Real Madrid fans.
Samuel moved to the Spanish capital from Roma last summer, but has yet to fully convince in La Liga.
The Argentine has been hampered by a persistent knee injury in recent weeks and only returned to the Real starting XI against Albacete last Sunday in a game which Los Merengues won 6-1.
During that match the Argentine was at fault for the visitors' solitary goal and was subsequently jeered by a section of Real's fans.
The 26-year-old atoned for his error by scoring at the right end, but made ironic gestures towards fans after his earlier abuse.
Given the slightly uneasy situation, Inter are understood to have made discreet enquiries to sound out whether Real might be tempted into parting company with Samuel at the end of the season.
It is not the first time that the Nerazzurri have been linked with the stopper, as they wre in the race to sign him when Real concluded a deal last summer.
Roberto Mancini is keen to bolster his defence and a move for Anderlecht's talented teenager Vicent Kompany during the January transfer window has also been mooted.