Call this part of Southampton’s exodus if you want, but this is one player Saints wanted to lose. Striker Dani Osvaldo, who was sent out on loan in January after a training ground fight with a teammate, is close to confirming a return to Italy, with the former Roma and Juventus striker set to move to Internazionale on completion of his physical.
The move will be a temporary one, a six-month loan, but Inter will have the opportunity to purchase the 28-year-old for $9.4 million at the end of the season. Should the Argentine-cum-Italian revert to his Roma form, the deal could be a bargain for the Nerazzurri.
From The Guardian:
Gazzetta dello Sport say the 28-year-old will join Inter on an initial six-month loan deal with and a £5.6m option to buy next summer. The two clubs have agreed the terms of the transfer and Osvaldo will fly to Italy from Argentina in the next couple of days to take his medical.
Southampton broke their transfer record to sign Osvaldo from Roma for a fee rising to £14.6m last summer. But the Italy striker was shipped out on loan to Juventus for the second half of the season following a training ground bust-up with his Saints team-mate José Fonte. His record on the south coast currently stands at three goals in 13 games.
With so much money hitting Saints’ account this summer, losing close to $15 million in fees won’t be the problem. The bigger issue: how somebody who was counted on to have an impact at St. Mary’s could turn into such a bust.
For those who’ve followed Osvaldo, the conflict wasn’t a huge surprise, with the former Huracán, Atalanta, Lecce, Fiorentina, Bologna, and Espanyol forward’s temperament leading the Giallorossi to cash in last season. Now back in Italy, Osvaldo may need his best behavior to win a permanent move from St. Marys.
City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.
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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.
CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.
Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.
MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.
The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.
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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.
Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.
Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.
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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.
The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.
Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.
Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.
According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.
Scott Parker has announced his retirement from soccer after a stellar 20-plus year career in England.
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The 36-year-old spent almost the entirety of his career in the Premier League, and played with seven teams during his time on the pitch.
“I believe now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career,” Parker said in a statement.
“I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career that I have and I’ve loved every moment of it.”
Parker began playing with Charlton after coming up through the team’s youth academy, before completing a move to Chelsea in 2004.
Throughout his career, Parker also spent time at Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before finishing up at Fulham this past season.