Buoyed by their victorious start to the Premier League season, supporters of Southampton would have definitely relished the start of a season that began with a renewed sense of optimism.
Now, having broken their transfer record for the second time this summer, with the acquisition of striker Pablo Osvaldo from Roma, their supporters will definitely be jumping with joy.
After warding off the advances of Manchester City, Inter Milan and Tottenham, Southampton have signed 27-year-old Italian striker from Roma for a fee believed to be in the region of £15m. After having already played under Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino during his time at Espanyol, the Italian striker said that the prospect of reuniting with his former boss Pochettino was a very big factor in deciding to move Southampton.
Southampton have been vying for his signature for some time now and Osvaldo mentioned that, that was another reason why he chose Southampton as the place to be, whilst fulfilling his dream of playing in the Premier League.
He said “It's the club that showed the most interest in me. Second of all I know Mauricio and I know how he works. I'm very happy to be working with him.”
On Pochettino, he went onto say “He's magnificent. The season I had at Espanyol was my best as a footballer. He is a great motivator and for me it's very important to work with people who appreciate and respect how I work.”
Osvaldo arrives in Southampton, after finishing as Roma’s top scorer in Serie A last year. Whilst he is coming in for a hefty price, he certainly isn’t the first, in a summer which has seen Southampton break their transfer record twice, first with the acquisition of Victor Wanyama from Celtic for £12.5 million and then, with Osvaldo.
Along with those two, another tidy bit of business was done when they picked up Dejan Lovren for £8.5 million from Lyon. Which means that their summer transfer outlay is £36m, a sign of their ambitions and are well on their way towards assembling a forward line to be feared.
Osvaldo, with his direct style and aerial presence is sure to fit hand in glove at Southampton, as he lines up with his partner in crime, Rickie Lambert. With Gaston Ramirez, Adam Lallana already in the attack, Southampton are looked build on last year’s campaign with a whole lot of flair.
Whilst the hefty price tag is definitely a gamble, given Osvaldo’s disciplinary record, you don’t become Italy’s number nine for no reason and the list of clubs vying for his signature only goes onto show how valuable he was.
Under the tutelage of his former boss, Pablo Osvaldo is sure to strike a chord with the saints very soon.
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