Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo currently has his future up in the air as Southampton try to get rid of their £19million flop.
According to Spanish outlet AS, the 28-year-old was not included within the 26-man squad that travelled to Austria for a pre-season tour last week, suggesting that the player is not in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans.
The forward came to St Mary’s from Monaco in January 2018 for a then club-record transfer fee of £19million, according to BBC Sports.
He spent the entirety of last season on loan at Leganes, joining up with his ex-manager Manuel Pellegrino – the third time the pair have linked up, after coaching him at Estudiantes in Argentina before bringing him to Southampton while he was manager there.
Leganes are extremely eager to take him back on loan, but they will have to wait if they want him on a temporary basis, with AS reporting that the Saints are looking to offload the £6.75million rated player (Transfermarkt value) permanently.
Allegedly it will take ‘a lot of time’ before the club can get him on a loan, even though he is not going to be within the first team fold at all at Southampton.
Guido Carrillo has had an okay season with Leganes, scoring six times in 32 games for the Madrid-based side, starting 23 times and coming on in nine, according to WhoScored.
It’s no surprise to see Carrillo wanting to be shifted by Southampton as it just hasn’t worked for him since joining the club. He was rarely seen following Pellegrino’s sacking in March 2018, going on to appear just twice under Mark Hughes (via Transfermarkt).
Despite Danny Ings playing eight games less than him last season, he still scored more goals with seven, and assisted three compared to just one. Ings stats allude to him having much better goal scoring ability. However, Carrillo won an average of 6.6 aerial duels per game, and four man of the match awards last season.
If Southampton were wanting a more target man style of striker, then there could be a chance he would be looked at this year. However, Hasenhuttl will want a mobile forward to help the team press from the front.
“He is quick, can score and is used to the high-pressing methods we use, so that would help him if he would be here,” the Austrian told Sky Sports back in January when speaking about his ex-player Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Southampton need to get rid of Carrillo – who only has two years remaining on his deal.
It makes sense that Southampton are willing to wait around for a permanent transfer bearing in mind that if they wait a year then his fee will be significantly reduced due to him heading into the final year of his contract.
His career at St Mary’s looks as good as over, so from a financial point of view they are better off holding out for someone to make an offer and then they can move on.
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