Premier League Transfer News — 18 August 2013

Pablo Daniel OsvaldoItaly international, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, will soon become a Southampton player as the Saints agreed a club record fee of 18 million euros with Roma. Osvaldo will sign a four year contract that will earn him 3.5 million euros a year. The agreement has been reached and it’s just a matter of signing all papers for the deal to become official. This move may come as a surprise to many as Osvaldo was being linked to clubs like Manchester City, Tottenham and Inter Milan but Southampton was the club that stepped up their offer to sign Osvaldo. This is a great coup for Southampton as in Osvaldo they have signed a proven scorer having found the back of the net regularly in the last three seasons both at Espanyol and Roma. Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will be reunited with Osvaldo as he coached him for a season at Espanyol. The presence of the Argentine manager was a decisive factor in Osvaldo’s decision to join Southampton.

Born in Argentina, Osvaldo started playing football in his homeland at Lanús, Banfield and Huracán. At Huracán he managed some impressive performances that earned him a move to Italy at Atalanta. After not getting much playing time at Atalanta he moved on to Lecce where he earned a place in the Italy U-21 squad thanks to his dual citizenship. Following that season at Lecce he moved on to Fiorentina and then Bologna. In 2010 he moved to Spain to play for Espanyol. At Espanyol his career skyrocketed as he scored 20 goals in 44 matches. In 2011 he joined Roma where he managed 27 goals in 55 matches. With Osvaldo having the possibility of representing Italy or Argentina in 2011 he chose to represent Italy at senior level. He represented Italy nine times and found the back of the net three times.


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