Troublesome striker Dani Osvaldo’s “dream move” to Boca Juniors has turned into something of a nightmare and it now appears that with Los Xeniezes not interested in extending his loan deal at La Bombonera, he is set for club number twelve since making his Huracán debut in 2005. Southampton certainly do not want the 29-year-old flop back and so it appears the only remaining links are in the MLS, Turkey or the middle east.
When Dani Osvaldo swaggered into Ezeiza airport mocking River Plate over their recent 5-0 friendly defeat to Boca and declaring that to play for Boca was a lifelong dream, one might have been fooled into thinking that maybe this will work out after a career of fall-outs and transfers. Away from the pressures of Europe, Osvaldo would be the big fish in Argentina and as such his ego would be appeased.
Things started well enough. Osvaldo scored on his debut in the Copa Libertadores against Montevideo Wanderers and added two more against Zamora two weeks later. In the Primera División too, Osvaldo found the net when Rodolfo Arruabarrena began starting the on-loan striker.
However, the goals have dried up and Boca’s form has dipped. The disqualification from the Copa Libertadores was the low-point and although the players cannot be blamed for the actions of those “supporters” who caused the situation, Osvaldo ended up more involved than most. Once CONMEBOL had given their sanctions and disqualified Boca, Osvaldo tweeted that ‘five fat guys in suits had ruined the dream of his nephew.” A tweet he later had to apologize for as he faced personal punishment from CONMEBOL over this.
Some months ago, his girlfriend Jimena Barón was the victim of a violent robbery and the pair have been making tabloid headlines this week after something of a messy breakup. Barón is now accusing Osvaldo of sending her abusive messages and not providing for their son, Morrison while Osvaldo appears to have already found himself another girlfriend.
Osvaldo may well be a very talented footballer but trouble follows him. There is no other reason for his career which has seen him change clubs at a rate of more than one per year and so it is little wonder that the 29-year-old is not the most sought after player in this transfer window.
New York Red Bulls were linked with a move for the controversial move but when asked head coach Jesse Marsch said: “Who is that?” before admitting, “Yes, I know who that is. There’s nothing to comment on. The fact that I didn’t know the player I think should be telling.”
His Southampton contract does not expire until 2017 and the fact that the Premier League club want nothing to do with a club-record £15 million transfer speaks volumes. His ever hard-working representatives are now seeking other options with the MLS or Turkey leading the way. Wherever Osvaldo ends up, expect problems.