The Italy international has a chequered disciplinary record – having an extensive history of dismissals and bust-ups with team-mates and coaches alike.
Osvaldo’s stint at AS Roma was characterised by a poor relationship with the club’s hardcore supporters in addition to those representing the club.
He was once suspended for punching now-Tottenham man Erik Lamela, whilst his final act at the Stadio Olimpico involved abandoning the Coppa Italia’s trophy presentation ceremony – later insulting then-head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli via Twitter.
The latest incident has dredged up memories of his altercation with the Argentine forward – having reportedly attacked team-mate Jose Fonte after taking issue with the defender’s treatment of him in training.
And with a two-week suspension levied by Southampton after an emergency hearing, Italian sources have claimed Osvaldo could be set for a quick exit from St Mary’s.
According to Sport Mediaset, Inter may now make a play for the striker before the end of January, satisfying boss Walter Mazzarri’s believed desire for an extra cover up front.
The Nerazzurri were linked with the ex-Roma man throughout the opening half of the season – with Tuttosport claiming as recently as a fortnight ago that the Milanese giants could swoop for his signature.
Southampton’s situation with Osvaldo – banned earlier this term for three games following a touchline scrap with Newcastle – appears increasingly awkward.
It remains to be seen whether the Saints will be willing to part with their £15m record signing just five months on from his arrival after Thursday’s episode.
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