The latest reports are indicating that Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is closer to a move to Roma than he is Atletico Madrid, and that it could happen in the next few days.
The 25-year-old finds himself in demand this summer, and his club believed to be ready to negotiate around the €20m mark for his sale. Atletico are viewing the striker as a plan B option in the market should they prove unsuccessful in capturing Falcao from Porto.
However, and whilst Osvaldo harbours the intention of staying in Spain, a return to Italy reportedly looks more likely, with Roma advancing their negotiations on a €17m deal for the former Fiorentina and Bologna forward.
A key point to talks between Espanyol and prospective buyers has been their requirement to receive a majority of the transfer fee in advance. Atleti are understood to be pushing for player-plus-cash and payments in instalments plans, but with pressure from the bank that is regulating Espanyol’s financial dealings, Roma’s offer carries the most incentive.
Periquitos Coach Mauricio Pochettino has been vocal in recent weeks of his discomfort at the and uncertainty surrounding Osvaldo’s future, and the distracting nature of the rumours that have dominated the club’s summer so far.
Rumours of Osvaldo completing a move accelerated when it emerged he has been left out of Espanyol’s squad for the weekend’s previously-organised – before the strike – game with Zaragoza, and that he had been given permission to skip training, without explanation to the media as to why. Osvaldo has previously been restricted to gym and aerobic training this summer, otherwise separated from his current teammates.