Atlético are on the verge of striking a deal for Espanyol forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, AS reports.
The agreement for the striker, said to be “almost a done deal,” is estimated at €10m.
In addition to the transfer fee, los Pericos will purportedly receive an unspecified Atleti player, to be determined later, as part of the transaction.
Osvaldo will serve as what many have deemed “the perfect replacement” for Diego Forlan, who is now more than ever expected to leave Atlético over the summer.
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The Italo-Argentine attacker put his skills on display against us at the Cornellà-El Prat about a month ago, scoring two goals in our 2-2 draw against Espanyol. Back in November, Osvaldo netted the match-winning third goal of his side’s 3-2 triumph at the Calderon.
The 25-year-old was taken on loan by Espanyol from Serie A outfit Bologna in January 2010. Los Pericos signed him on a permanent deal six months later in the summer of 2010, paying a €5m fee for his services. The forward has scored 12 goals in 22 league appearances this season.
If this deal pans out, there will be fierce competition at Atleti this upcoming pre-season for a chance to accompany Kun up front.
As of now, our forwards for 2011-12 are shaping up to be: Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Eduardo Salvio, Borja Bastón, Adrián López and now possibly Osvaldo, with reports last month claiming that we had also tied up Pablo Piatti.
Because Osvaldo, like Piatti, carries an Italian passport, he would not count towards our three non-EU player quota. His arrival would place Costa and Salvio ‘s future at the club in doubt, as neither holds a European passport.
How would you feel if this deal goes through? Do you think Osvaldo is a solid option?