Carrillo spent last season on loan at the Spanish club, scoring six goals and notching one assist in La Liga. He has been frozen out at Saints after failing to impress manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, with the Premier League club desperate to offload him permanently just 19 months after he joined the club from Monaco for £19m.
With only two weeks remaining until the European transfer window closes, Leganes are looking to bolster their attack, with former Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino keen to sign his fellow countryman Carrillo.
It’s clear that the Argentine has no future at Southampton, with Che Adams, Danny Ings, Shane Long and Michael Obafemi all ahead of him in the pecking order on the south coast, so a move to Spain is thought to be of great interest to the 27-year-old.
However, after Leganes’ league opener against Osasuna on Saturday – which they lost 1-0 courtesy of a last-minute goal from Oscar Rodriguez – manager Pellegrino admitted that bringing Carrillo back to Spain would be difficult.
“The possibilities of bringing Guido Carrillo remain difficult at this time. The economic possibilities make the operation very difficult,” said the 47-year-old when speaking to Mundo Deportivo.
As it stands, it doesn’t seem as if Carrillo has a future at Southampton and may find game-time extremely limited should a deal fail to be completed before the window shuts on 2 September.
Even another loan move would be beneficial for the centre-forward, who seems to have been completely exiled from the first-team squad at Southampton, per the Daily Echo, as he has no spot in the club’s Staplewood dressing room.
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