Could Southampton bad boy replace £32m Arsenal and Chelsea linked striker?

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Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo’s future at the club looks all but over with Atletico Madrid offering a way out

According to Spanish press elgoldigital, Atletico Madrid are reportedly willing Dani Osvaldo an escape from his current Southampton nightmare

Southampton’s £15m signing from Serie A side Roma has had a difficult start to life in England. The Argentine-born Italian striker has started nine Premier League games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, scoring three goals.

However, the form of Saints strike duo Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez has not allowed the former Roma striker a settled run in the side, something which has clearly riled the Argentine.

The English game hasn’t fallen kindly to the 28-year-old and Osvaldo rather shockingly revealed within weeks of joining the Saints that he wanted to depart the club, saying:

“Football here is so physical. It does not have the technique and quality that is in Spain. I am already thinking about moving back to Argentina.

“I want to play for Boca, that’s my dream. I have been dreaming about wearing Boca’s shirt my entire life.”

Due to a recent training ground incident, Osvaldo may just get the England exit he talked about last October. The striker has been suspended for two weeks and reportedly put up for sale for head-butting team-mate Jose Fonte over a physical challenge in training.

The incident sparked rumours that fellow Saints players believe the Osvaldo head-butt was a way to force through a transfer away from the club.

One man in particular who is brilliant at getting the best out of aggressive strikers is Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. Spanish sources claim that el cholo Simeone is convinced he can turn the striker into a fearful La Liga striker.

The reported asking price for Osvaldo has been mentioned at approximately €10m, almost half the amount that the Saints bought him for.

Osvaldo’s bullish characteristics are very similar to that of current Arsenal and Chelsea linked striker Diego Costa. The Brazilian has been in phenomenal form this season, scoring 19 goals in as many La Liga starts.

The striker has attracted the attention of both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho - as both clubs look to take advantage of Costa’s reportedly lowly release clause of £32m.

The Rojiblanco striker’s exit looks more inevitable as each day passes, and Diego Simeone’s interest in a like for like player could signal that a possible move to the Premier League is certainly on the horizon.

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