Juventus Transfer News: Pablo Osvaldo Has Medical Ahead of Southampton Exit

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 31, 2014

Dani Osvaldo has failed to find his feet at Southampton.
Dani Osvaldo has failed to find his feet at Southampton.Clive Rose/Getty Images

Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo is in Italy for a medical ahead of a proposed move to Juventus.

Italian journalist Paolo Aghemo confirmed the news with a tweeted picture of the player:

Juventus added official weight to the story on their website:

Italian international striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is currently undergoing examinations at Turin’s Istituto di Medicina dello Sport, after which he will complete his medical at the Isokinetic and Clinica Fornaca di Sessant centres.

Osvaldo, 28, is currently suspended from the Premier League club for a training ground fight with team-mate Jose Fonte, as reported by BBC Sport.

Per Darren Lewis of the Mirror, the disruption caused by Osvaldo's behaviour was outlined by Southampton club captain Kelvin Davis:

We are a friendly bunch. We come and talk to you guys [the media] whenever you ask us.

We've said for a long time that we have always had a good team spirit and a good changing room.

That can't change and if anyone doesn't want to be involved in that then they are not welcome.

And after only signing for a club record fee of £15 million in the summer, the Italy international is likely to be on his way out of St Mary's on loan, with a permanent deal expected in the summer.

The Telegraph's Henry Winter tweeted a breakdown of Osvaldo's vital statistics since signing for the Saints:

Jacob Steinberg argues in the Guardian that Southampton's decision to spend that amount of money on Osvaldo was flawed in the first place:

There will always be people who are confident enough to think they will be the one to tame the bad boy. Mauricio Pochettino thought he was The One. He was convinced that he could keep Dani Osvaldo under control at Southampton. After all, Pochettino knew what made the volatile striker tick, having worked with Osvaldo at Espanyol. How misguided that conviction has turned out to be, though.

With the World Cup next summer, Osvaldo will hope to force his way into the thoughts of Italy manager Cesare Prandelli if he can get a regular run of games for Juventus.

The move is a great chance for the striker to represent one of the biggest sides in Europe, and they will sign him with the intention of sealing a third consecutive Serie A title, while also targeting success in the Europa League, the final of which is being played at Juventus' home stadium.

Dani Osvaldo in action for Italy.
Dani Osvaldo in action for Italy.Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

With Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco already among their ranks it remains unclear how much of a chance Osvaldo will get.

But the opportunity to put himself in the shop window for a move back to Italy or for a place at the World Cup is there if he wants to take it.