Quick Premier League exit realistic for summer signing from Serie A

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Pablo Osvaldo only joined Southampton in August, but already Inter are chasing his signature.

The Argentine-born Italy international left Roma in the summer after a rather public falling out with the club’s ultras, reuniting with his former boss at Espanyol, Mauricio Pochettino.

Whilst the Saints have been the surprise package of the season, though have fallen on hard times of late with three straight losses, the adjustment to English football hasn’t been so smooth for the striker.

By early October Osvaldo had already told The Sunday People that he most desired a return to the nation of his birth to join Boca Juniors, expressing distaste for the physical style of the Premier League.

Niggling injuries and inconsistent form have marked his time at St Mary’s thus far, as he’s made only seven starts to score just two goals following a career campaign in the Italian capital last term.

Sport Mediaset have now maintained that Inter will come in with a bid to snap up the 27-year-old in the winter window, as coach Walter Mazzarri has asked new owner Erick Thohir for Ezequiel Lavezzi, but bringing the PSG man in by January has proved problematic.

Transfer gurus Marco Branca and Piero Ausilio have reportedly already begun preparations to table an offer for the Azzurri forward, with Zdravko Kuzmanovic and Alvaro Pereira understood to be for sale to finance the move.

Osvaldo is the second Premier League summer capture from Serie A to be linked with a quick return to the peninsula in recent days after Stevan Jovetic, but unlike his Montenegrin counterpart, the ex-Roma hitman has a real chance of making a rapid switch.

Such a deal seems to hinge on Inter’s ability to stump up the proper amount of cash for the Buenos Aires native, as Southampton broke their club transfer record to bring him to the south coast in a surprise acquisition, and will be keen to completely cover the £14.8 million paid for his services if they are to sell him on so quickly.

He hasn’t transitioned at all well to life in England and had been in the country not two months before he openly discussed moving elsewhere, and as a notoriously temperamental figure such doesn’t bode well for his future prospects in the Premier League.

Osvaldo’s played for eight clubs in as many years in a career that’s been marked by chopping and changing, so if any player would be inclined to make a sensational exit halfway through his first season with a new employer, it would be him.

Prior to accepting Southampton the striker was thought to have reservations about the club’s level in relation to his pedigree, though Pochettino’s men have overachieved to date, with Inter likely an appealing option as a traditional giant under fresh ownership.

And if the Nerazzurri can find the funds to essentially reimburse Southampton for the fee doled out to Roma for Osvaldo’s card, it seems to reason the Italy international would be on board to bring about an unceremonious end to a fruitless run of months in the Premier League to return to the division in which he enjoyed his best season as a professional.

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