Cruz poised for Inter exit

Inter Milan striker Julio Cruz is expected to leave the club during the January transfer window, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Argentinian's contract finishes in June 2010, and Nerazzurri coach Jose Mourinho believes it is worth selling the 34-year-old when they can command a fee for his services.

Moreover, the pair had a very public row during Inter's 0-0 draw with Genoa, when Mourinho accused Cruz of not following his instructions.

Barcelona and Roma are the two clubs reported to be most interested in the player, who scored a last-minute winner against Udinese at the weekend, his third of the season.

Since joining Inter in 2003, Cruz has scored 75 goals in 181 matches in all competitions. In the 2007/08 season, he took advantage of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence through injury to lead the attack, scoring 19 times.

However, Mourinho has since made it clear that Ibrahimovic is his first-choice lone striker in a three-pronged attack, and that only injury or a drastic loss of form will open the door for anyone else.