Southampton forward Guido Carrillo is having to look for a new club as a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pellegrino now looks unlikely, according to reports.
The Daily Echo states that Carrillo has been attracting the interest from Leganes all summer – the club Pellegrino currently manages and where the striker spent last season on loan.
Carrillo has been exiled for the entire window, but now the club only have until September 2 – the end of most of the transfer windows in Europe – to get rid of him.
Pellegrino, who signed him from Monaco while at Saints, has come out in an interview and given an update of how the transfer is progressing between the two parties.
He said: “The possibilities of bringing Guido Carrillo remain difficult at this time.
“The economic possibilities make the operation very difficult.”
Carrillo has only appeared 10 times for Southampton after the club paid a mammoth £19.8m, and with only two-years left on his deal, the club are hoping to recuperate some of that fee rather than let him go on loan.
You can see why Leganes might be doubting whether to go in for the Argentinian or not, considering that he only scored six goals last campaign. The Madrid-based side played him for a total of 32 games, however, he only started 23 of those. Therefore, if Southampton are asking for even half of what they paid for him, it could still be considered a lot of money.
One thing’s seeming for sure: there’s no longer a place for him at Southampton. Since Pellegrino left the club in March 2018, he has only played twice for the club – and that was under Mark Hughes, not Hasenhuttl.
Considering Hasenhuttl’s preference for the high press (via Total Football Analysis), it is hard to see where Carrillo would fit in the Saints side.
He has been a waste of money since arriving on the south coast, and that big fee and wage is now getting in the way of the club shipping him on.
Now that a move to Leganes is looking unlikely, it’s up to the club to fund another suitor. It might end up that the club will have to sanction a loan move, as his wage will be expensive considering he is surplus to requirements.
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