Pablo Osvaldo will spend the rest of the 2013-14 campaign on loan with Juventus after a short-term deal was agreed upon to send the striker back to Serie A.
Both clubs confirmed the move through their official Twitter accounts, with the Saints adding that an option in the agreement allows Juve to purchase the player come the end of the season:
Osvaldo initially joins Juventus on loan until 31st May, with an option for the Serie A side to purchase him in the summer. #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 31, 2014
The official Juventus club website confirms their option to buy Osvaldo's services before May 31, stating that such a deal would cost the Turin outfit €19 million over the course of three years.
Antonio Conte's side already has Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente among its ranks, with the likes of Fabio Quagliarella, Mirko Vucinic and Simone Pepe providing cover from the bench.
As Wayne Veysey hints, this could be the move that allows Arsenal to boost their own ranks:
After acquiring Osvaldo, Juventus have six senior strikers. Arsenal have one (ok, two if you're generous & count NB). Slight imbalance there— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) January 31, 2014
Osvaldo surged into headlines a week before transfer deadline day after it emerged that the forward had punched teammate Jose Fonte during a training session.
Jack de Menezes of The Independent claims that the Roma attacker could have incurred a fine of £250,000 if he failed to move on during January.
However, such fears will be laid to rest for now, and the pressures of St. Mary's will be put behind Osvaldo, at least for the next four months, if not permanently.
Despite his weaknesses, Osvaldo is seen by Goal.com's Kris Voakes as a "quality addition":
In his 13 appearances for the Saints, the Buenos Aires-born forward has bagged three goals and made three assists, per Transfermarkt.
The 28-year-old journeyman has turned out for a raft of Italian sides, featuring for Atalanta, Bologna, Lecce and Fiorentina before coming upon his most productive form in the nation's capital with the Giallorossi.
That being said, the temperamental figure has never spent more than two years with a club in his professional career, so Juve are perhaps wise to only invest on temporary terms initially.
In Turin, Osvaldo will look to recapture the form that never really rose to the fore on England's south coast, although he's faced with some stiff competition for a starting spot.