Southampton striker Guido Carrillo has joined Leganes on a season-long loan, via the club’s official website.
Boca Juniors were reportedly keen on the attacker, though it is Leganes who have won the race for his signature – the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan, scoring six goals in 33 games.
The 28-year-old will link up with former Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino once again in Spain, and is expected to be included in the club’s matchday squad for the visit of Villarreal after the international break.
Carrillo joined Southampton from Monaco for £19m last summer, but only made 10 appearances for the Saints where he failed to find the back of the net once. His time on the south coast looks all but over, with it likely that the club will look to sell him permanently next summer.
Saints had hoped to sell him this summer, though they failed to find anyone willing to part with a decent fee for the front man, which has led to him leaving on another temporary basis.
When Carrillo does return from his loan next summer, he will have just one year remaining on his contract at Saints, meaning his value in the transfer market will drop a substantial amount. Any value he had will plummet in 12 months’ time, leaving Saints staring at a colossal financial loss on their underwhelming forward.
Getting him off the books for the season is better than paying him to play for the under-23s all season, however, so Southampton will be happy that they have managed to finally agree a deal with another club for their expensive flop.
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