Friday January 31 2014
Osvaldo to take pay-cut

Dani Osvaldo has apparently accepted a ‘significant pay-cut’ to move from Southampton to Juventus, as he arrives in Turin for a medical.

The 28-year-old Italo-Argentine is increasingly reported as on his way back to Serie A today with Saints and the Old Lady in talks over a proposed initial loan deal.

Reports so far may have agreed that a deal is close, but have ranged in their belief of terms of agreement between the clubs.

The Gazzetta dello Sport today suggest that talks began with Southampton after a fee of €2m for the initial loan at a purchase option come June of €20m, but by 6pm yesterday this had dropped to an initial €1m payment and then an €18m purchase option.

It is understood that by 7pm, the terms had dropped to a level that Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici have accepted, with Juve apparently agreeing to an initial payment of €400,000 to take the striker through to June, whilst the purchase option to make things permanent will be set at €18m.

It is also believed that Osvaldo has agreed to a ‘significant pay-cut’ to make the move to the Bianconeri for the remainder of the season, taking a net salary of €1.1m. Southampton were understood to be paying upwards of €3m a year.

The player has already arrived in Turin this Friday morning [pictured, via @AghemoPaolo] to complete formalities, including a medical check-up.