Our resident Southampton supporters were left disappointed at the weekend after a 1-1 draw with relegation-battling Sunderland and they have now been intrigued by a report in Gazette Live, which claims that Gaston Ramirez could leave on a permanent basis in the summer.
The Uruguayan is currently on-loan at Championship outfit Middlesbrough but he has revealed that he will consider a permanent move to the Riverside Stadium if he achieves promotion with Boro.
The playmaker is out of contract in the summer and has produced a string of good performances in recent games, including a great display against Wolves last week in which he grabbed both goals in a 2-1 win.
Ramirez cost Southampton around £12 million back when they signed him from Bologna back in 2012. However, he has now admitted that he is open to a summer departure from the Premier League club.
“If Boro get promoted would I talk about staying? Why not? At the moment I am only thinking about this team and winning the Championship and going up. But after that…”
“I feel I am good enough to play in the Premier League. I am fighting for that. I want to show that I can play at the top level. I want to show good I am. That is my ambition.”
Having fallen out of favour with the Saints, our landlord believes that the 25-year old has the ability to succeed once again in the top flight.
When Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka was asked if he would like to sign Ramirez, he said:
“For me, tomorrow! But first we need to know where we are next season and if he wants to stay here.”
Southampton fans, would you be happy to see Ramirez leave this summer? Let us know in the comments below!