Osvaldo makes a loan switch to Turin with a view to a permanent deal.
Juventus have completed the loan signing of Southampton club record signing Dani Osvaldo, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 31, 2014
Osvaldo became the Saints’ most expensive player of all time when completing the £15m move from AS Roma in August 2013.
The Italy international arrived with a controversial reputation and struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League – managing just 13 appearances for the south coast club and scoring three goals.
Things finally came to a head concerning Osvaldo’s future at St Mary’s when the 28-year-old headbutted team-mate Jose Fonte during a training session.
The club imposed a two week suspension on the striker and manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the Italian’s time with the side had come to an end.
Asked if Osvaldo could play for Southampton again after the incident with Fonte, Pochettino said: “Your question answers itself, if you know what I mean; meaning no. It’s clear.”
On the reported interest from Juventus, Pochettino added: “We have to wait. There is still a day and a half left and he is suspended at the moment and we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves.
“As soon as anything happens about this matter, the club will make it public. It’s clear this is something that no one expects. It’s completely unpredictable and something we did not expect.
“In light of that, there is no explanation I can give.”
Since then Osvaldo has flown out to Turin to undergo a medical with the Serie A champions and is understood to be taking a pay cut to complete the switch.
Juve will have the option of buying the forward for £15m in the summer.
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