Atlético reportedly close to signing Osvaldo

According to AS, the agreement for the Espanyol striker is "almost a done deal"

Is Osvaldo on the way? (EFE)

Is Osvaldo on the way? (EFE)

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?

  • Robel

    This would be great news! If that 10m + a player is true, maybe we can send Adrian to Espanyol.

  • Sweden

    no, Raul Garcia if so!

  • Where is Forlán leaving to? Which club?

  • 7th

    i hope they dont choose borja or koke to go there.

  • Sweden

    probobly Juve or Napoli, Italy for sure.

  • Damn, Im worried about the additinal player. Im afraid it would be one of our good canteranos, maybe not DDG or Koke, but someone like Borja, Pulido or maybe even Fran. Would be a shame.

  • Ringo Schut

    Well Osvaldo and Piatti are known for easily scoring in the Calderón =)
    I’m not really a big fan of an Osvaldo-move, but at the moment it could be a good option, although, I’d like to see canteranos and all of Salvio, Kun and Piatti in action here!

  • Gert

    I hope he won’t be replacing Kun ….

  • javi

    lets give them Diego Costa

  • Sweden

    If Aguero stays, Im all for Osvaldo, we need a strong striker with a good head!