OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Juventus sign Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo on loan with option to buy

Clive Rose

What we've figured to be Juventus' only signing of the January transfer window is now official.

Juventus have announced that the club has brought in Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo, his ponytail and his hipster glasses on loan until the end of the season. There will be a loan fee of around a reported €400,000, but there is an option to buy — €19 million to be paid over the summer if Juventus feel the need to keep Osvaldo around past the end of the season.

In more fancy terms, here's what was posted on Juve's official website.

Juventus Football Club can today confirm that terms have been agreed with Southampton Football Club on a free loan deal for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo. The agreement also includes the option, to be exercised before 31 May 2014, for the purchase of the player's full registration rights at price of €19 million, to be paid over the course of three years.

So, €400,000 for the loan and the option to buy isn't mandatory? Excuse me while I remember that this could be one of those classic Marottanomics deals.

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Naturally you would think that Osvaldo would be the understudy to Fernando Llorente as Juve's prima punta. One would think he has more of a game modeled for that compared to somebody like Mirko Vucinic, who could be the striker headed on the way out with Osvaldo's arrival.

But what happens to Vucinic as the day goes on? Or what about somebody who has also been linked with a move away from Turin since the Osvaldo talk started, Fabio Quaglirella? I guess that's why we're continuously refreshing the Twitter machine today.

Damn you, transfer deadline day.

Also of note: Quagliarella turns 31 years old today. Celebrating your birthday on the same day you may or may not be on the way to a new club? That doesn't exactly sound like a stress-free way of ringing in your latest birthday.

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