Desperate for more firepower, Tottenham Hotspur will have to battle it out with Inter to sign the elegant Osvaldo from Espanyol...
Who is he?
This 25-year-old Argentinean-Italian striker has spent the past season-and-a-half at la Liga outfit, Espanyol, where the forward’s goals have been key in the club’s fight to avoid relegation two seasons ago (successful) and win a European spot last year (unsuccessful).
The campaign just gone was the best of Osvaldo’s career, despite him sitting out nearly three months with a torn thigh muscle, with the Perico poacher grabbing 13 league goals from 24 appearances. Before that, Osvaldo’s stats had been a tad flaccid having managed just eight goals in Serie A in three years with Fiorentina and Bologna.
Osvaldo is the archetypal swarthy Latino swoon-bag, too, and is a regular in Spain’s best looking footballers polls.
I believe we are talking about a forward in Spanish football who is for the future. I believe he will bring fear to defences
Osvaldo is tall, physical, has a bit of a pace about him as well as possessing elegance up to his eyeballs. The Buenos Aires-born forward is best as a number nine but is just as good at getting involved in the build-up play too.
"Osvaldo is a finisher - a forward with great, great quality,” says his current manager, Mauricio Pochettino. “He showed this in Italy and in the national side. He is still young and he still needs to win a lot of things and improve. But I believe we are talking about a forward in Spanish football who is for the future. I believe he will bring fear to defences.”
There are still doubts over whether Osvaldo is a one season wonder and lacks consistency as the striker’s previous goal tallies might suggest. For this reason, Espanyol’s reported asking price of €20m seems a bit of a gamble if ‘Arry thinks he’s the right man for Tottenham Hotspur.
Chances of signing him
Espanyol will always be a selling club and a possible €15m profit on a footballer the Catalan club only signed a year ago means that Osvaldo would be flogged at the right price. Tottenham Hotspur will need to duke it out with Juventus, Inter and Atlético Madrid, though, to bring him to the Premier League.
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