The €15 million transfer of Daniel Osvaldo to Southampton has been nothing short of a disaster and with the 28-year-old striker currently out on loan with Inter Milan, the Buenos Aires born player has spoken of his attraction to Boca Juniors. With Boca President, Daniel Angelici already talking about possible signings ahead of 2015 and the Copa Libertadores commitments, Osvaldo name has come to light.
Despite being an Italian international, Osvaldo was born and raised in his native Argentina and began his professional football career in Buenos Aires with Huracán. Like so many Argentines it appears Osvaldo is also a Boca fan and has spoken about his interest in one day returning to Argentina to play in La Bombonera.
Angelici, obviously aware of this, has since been talking about his plans for 2015. “We have to bring in reinforcements that can make a leap in quality since we play the Libertadores.”
In spite of his disastrous stint in the Premier League, Osvaldo would certainly represent a leap in quality. At 28, he should be entering his peak and after a successful career in Europe it would seem to be an early step down to come to Boca.
The other player in Europe who has spoken of his desire to return to Boca is Carlos Tevez. This will surely happen at some point but not for some time with Tevez still finding the net on a regular basis for Juventus.
Angelici will be heading to Italy to speak with the players but one thing is certain and that is Boca are in the market for a striker. After his penalty miss in the superclásico Semi Final, Emanuel Gigliotti looks like he might be on his way out. Certainly sections of the Boca support made their feelings clear with banners around the streets exclaiming: Gigliotti – you don’t deserve to wear the shirt.
A centre forward is one priority but also a centre half to replace Juan Forlín, and the name mentioned here is former Boca defender, Juan Manuel Insaurralde. The 30-year-old defender left Boca in 2012 to move to Russia and is still with Spartaq Moscow so persuading him to return to Argentina maybe difficult.