Embattled striker Osvaldo heads to Boca Juniors on loan


Pablo Osvaldo has fought with managers, fought with teammates, and fought with fans, and it appears he finally may be running out of top teams to give him a chance.

After finding himself on the outside looking in at both Southampton and Inter Milan due to incidents with other members of the team, he’s finding new life in South America as he heads to Argentinian giants Boca Juniors on loan, the team confirmed.

Osvaldo initially moved to Southampton from Roma for $17 million in August of 2013. He played just 13 matches for the Saints before he punched teammate Jose Fonte in training just three weeks after finding himself suspended for an outburst on the sidelines of a match against Newcastle United.

Southampton swiftly shipped Osvaldo back to his home country, first to Juventus on loan where he finished out the 2013 season. He then went to Inter on loan this past summer, and played 19 games for the Nerazzurri before a fight with teammate Mauro Icardi and a clash with manager Roberto Mancini for consecutive missed training sessions saw him out of favor yet again.

Inter looked to get rid of him, and while Juventus seemed interested for much of the January window, no move materialized. With no way back for Osvaldo even in his home country of Italy, he has gone on to Argentina in what he called the “biggest dream of my life.” Boca said he will arrive at training today and be unveiled to fans next week.

Despite owning 14 caps for the Italian national team and living in Italy since 2006, Osvaldo was born in Buenos Aires and began his career at local club Huracan before being purchased by a pair of Serie A teams and making his move. Oh, and we forgot to mention, Osvaldo was kicked off the Italian team as well for issues between him and the coaching staff.

His problems in Italy aren’t over, however. Osvaldo is being contested by Inter for a whopping $28 million for breach of contract and image rights damages, and Osvaldo is counter-suing for $4 million for being barred from the training ground after his fallout with Mancini.