Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo signed for Juventus on Friday after successfully completing a medical with the Italian Serie A giants.
Osvaldo, who quit Roma last summer to sign for Southampton in a four-year deal worth a reported €15.8m joined the Italian champions on a free loan deal until the end of the season.
The deal with Southampton allows Juve the option to buy the player outright for €19m euros, payable over three years.
“Juventus have signed Pablo Daniel Osvaldo from Southampton Football Club on on a free loan transfer until the end of the season,” said a club statement.
“The contract provides for Juventus to exercise the right, before May 31 2014, to buy the player outright for €19m, payable over three years.”
Osvaldo’s return to Serie A has come as little surprise, given the Argentinian-born Italian’s turbulent season at the southern English club, for whom he has made only 12 appearances to date, scoring three goals.
Southampton recently suspended him for two weeks following a training-ground clash with team-mate Jose Fonte, while he was given a three-match ban by the Football Association for his role in a brawl at Newcastle United last month.
And, when asked if Osvaldo could play for Southampton again after the incident with Fonte, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
“Your question answers itself, if you know what I mean; meaning no. It’s clear.”