Roma officials in London to sell Osvaldo

Roma officials spent Wednesday morning in London, attempting to negotiate a deal with either Manchester City or Tottenham Hotspur, to sell striker Pablo Osvaldo, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Rudi Garcia’s side are looking to sell the 27-year-old in order to gain much-needed funds, which would help the club launch their summer transfer activity. They seem willing to offload Italy international Osvaldo in favour of making a big-name signing, with sporting director Walter Sabotini thought to be instrumental in the negotiations.

Osvaldo joined Roma in August 2011 from Spanish club Espanyol, and has gone on to score 27 goals in 55 appearances in Serie A. He has also managed to earn eight Italian caps, scoring three goals. In spite of that, he was not part of Cesare Prandelli’s squad for the recent Confederations Cup.

Roma have already parted company with several players this summer, including goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg heading to Fulham. Osvaldo, however, is likely to command a transfer fee of £10-15m, allowing him to make way for one, or possibly two new arrivals.

Osvaldo is the latest big-name striker from around Europe to be linked with Spurs, with the club already rumoured to be targeting David Villa and Roberto Soldado. Man City currently only have two striking options, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko.

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