Osvaldo signs for Juventus
Dani Osvaldo (Getty Images)
Milan - Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has signed for Juventus on Friday after successfully completing a medical with the Serie A giants.
Osvaldo, who quit Roma last summer to sign for Southampton in a four-year deal worth a reported 15.8 million euros (12.8 million, $21.2 million), joined the Italian champions on a free loan deal until the end of the season.
The deal with Southampton allows Juve the option to buy the player outright for 19m euros, payable over three years.
"Juventus have signed Pablo Daniel Osvaldo from Southampton Football Club on on a free loan transfer until the end of the season," said a club statement.
"The contract provides for Juventus to exercise the right, before May 31 2014, to buy the player outright for 19m euros, payable over three years."
Osvaldo's return to Serie A has come as little surprise, given the Argentinian-born Italian's turbulent season at the southern English club, for whom he has made only 12 appearances to date, scoring three goals.
Southampton recently suspended him for two weeks following a training-ground clash with team-mate Jose Fonte, while he was given a three-match ban by the Football Association for his role in a brawl at Newcastle United last month.
And, when asked if Osvaldo could play for Southampton again after the incident with Fonte, manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "Your question answers itself, if you know what I mean; meaning no. It's clear."