Juventus keen to make Osvaldo deal permanent

The Southampton striker wants to stay in Turin, but the Serie A leaders are reluctant to pay the south coast club's £15.9 million asking price for the Italy international
By Romeo Agresti

Juventus are planning a bid to make the loan signing of Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo permanent in the summer, Goal understands.

The Serie A leaders have been pleased with the Italy international’s performances since his loan move from the Premier League club in January.

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The striker has also impressed head coach Antonio Conte and the backroom staff at the club with his attitude and effort in training, as well as his physical conditioning.

Osvaldo – who was suspended by Southampton in January following a breach of conduct relating to a training ground altercation – has integrated comfortably into the squad and is keen to stay in Turin.

But Juventus are not willing to pay the €19 million (£15.9m) asking price requested by the south coast club and will attempt to negotiate a lower fee.

Osvaldo scored a goal in each leg of the club’s Europa League tie with Trabzonspor and has started the last two games, against Genoa and Fiorentina.

The striker was also selected by Cesare Prandelli for Italy’s friendly against Spain on March 5 and started in the 1-0 defeat at the Vicente Calderon.