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Juventus sign Southampton striker on loan

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Serie A giants Juventus have sealed the deadline-day loan deal of Southampton’s record signing, Italian striker Dani Osvaldo.

The Saints signed Osvaldo from Roma for a club-record £12.8m on a four-year contract, with an additional £2m bonuses. However, poor form, just three goals in 13 games, and his rebellious nature, most notably a training ground spat with team-mate Jose Fonte, has meant that the Italian has fallen out of favour at St Mary's.

Therefore, the move appears to make sense for both sides; Southampton are loaning out a striker they don’t want, and Juventus are willing to take him on loan.

However, the deal also states that Juventus have the option to purchase Osvaldo on a permanent basis for £15.6m, which is payable over a period of three years. This seems ludicrously expensive for a player who is going through a particularly poor patch in his career, and a player that Juventus do not really need.

Personally, I would say that if Southampton had any hopes of selling the player on a permanent basis, they have no chance, because I would not expect Juventus to pay over £15m for at best a mediocre striker. I expect that Osvaldo will arrive in Italy, and with the likes of Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic in the team, will get limited playing time.

Therefore, I would say this deadline-day move is not great for either side, yet both get a benefit from it; Southampton get rid of a troublemaker, even if it’s only until the end of the season, whilst Juventus gain a striker who will add depth to their squad.


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