Dani Osvaldo is set to end his disappointing stay at Southampton after entering talks with Inter Milan. He is set for a medical in the coming days and all being well, is expected to sign for the Nerazzurri in a return to Serie A.
The striker didn't report back for pre-season this week, clear proof that he has no desire to carry on playing for the Premier League side.
The Italian only played 13 times for the Saints, after joining Roma for £12.8 million just last summer. His signing was largely due to Mauricio Pochettino having managed Osvaldo at Espanyol and was an exciting one for the fans, as he was expected to ignite a push for European football.
Yet, he only scored three goals in his short career, the best of them being a good solo effort against Man City.
He was then suspended by the club for two weeks, following a training ground spat with teammate Jose Fonte, a suspension from which Osvaldo never returned.
His disappointing season continued when he joined Juventus on loan in January, where he failed to make any impact, scoring two Europa League goals and only one league goal in 11 outtings. Juventus declined the £19 million option to by the striker and thus, he returned to Southampton.
Struggle to adapt
Asides from his training ground dispute, his poor season was largely down to his failure to adapt to the English game, describing it to Sky in January as a "very physical type of game, with really tough tackling".
He added that "more attention is paid to tactics and technique in Italy and Spain and I find it suits me a lot better".
His scoring record at Roma prior to moving to England was impressive, the best spell of his career to date, causing so much surprise at his drop in form on arrival in England, form he'll hope to regain upon securing a permanent move back to Italy.
Dilemma for Ronald Koeman
The incoming manager now has a real dilemma, with money coming in but most of his squad leaving for moves to bigger clubs.
Osvaldo's move, whilst expected, comes as a further blow, leaving him with virtually no attacking options left and a great deal of rebuilding to do.
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