St Mary’s side prepared to smash club record transfer fee to land Italian international.
Southampton are lining up a hugely ambitious move to capture Italian international Pablo Osvaldo and are ready to make an offer of £17m for the Roma forward according to The Sun.
Saint boss Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a £30m transfer kitty and having already brought in Lyon defender Dejan Lovren for a fee of around £8.5m and is clearly keen to continue his summer spending.
27 year old Pablo Osvaldo has been linked with a number of prospective suitors and could well be set to leave the Stadio Olimpico following public criticism of boss Aurelio Andreazzoli following Roma’s Coppa Italia final defeat to Lazio, a move that also saw the Argentine born striker dropped from the Italian national team squad for the Confederations Cup.
Osvaldo has proved very successful since his move to Roma two years ago, scoring 28 goals in 55 appearances for the Giallorossi, and is also said to be on Tottenham’s radar.
The capture of a player of Osvaldo’s talent would be quite a statement of intent from the South Coast side who finished last season in 14th spot.
Southampton had to rely heavily on Rickie Lambert for an end product last term, with the experienced forward more than proving he is capable of scoring regularly in the Premier League, and the club’s next top scorer managing just six to Lambert’s 15 so there is certainly scope for a new striker signing at St Mary’s.