Leganes sporting director Txema Indias has hinted that the club would be keen to sign Guido Carrillo from Southampton permanently this summer.
The Argentine attacker headed to Spain for his first ventures in La Liga ahead of the 2018/19 campaign after being frozen out at St Mary’s Stadium under Mark Hughes.
His predecessor, Mauricio Pellegrino, was the man who recruited Carrillo for the Saints, as he signed his former Estudiantes striker in a club-record £19 million deal from AS Monaco in January 2018.
The 27-year-old made 32 appearances in La Liga for Leganes, finding the back of the net on six occasions.
Indias spoke about whether or not Carrillo could be targeted again by the Spanish club during the current summer transfer window. While alluding to the forward’s frustration regarding a lack of goals, he hinted that the loanee has more to give at Estadio Municipal de Butarque.
As quoted by COPE Sports editor Santi Duque via Twitter, the Leganes director said:
He has had exemplary behaviour. He may not have achieved the number of goals he thought, but we are delighted with him, and we think he has the potential to still be able to give us more, but we are in the hands of Southampton.
The Saints hold all the cards regarding Carrillo’s future, but it seems Leganes would be more than happy to have him back at the club next season.
Why letting Carrillo join Leganes permanently may be a wise decision
Carrillo didn’t play much for Southampton during the second half of the 2017/18 season. However, he showed little signs of adapting to the Premier League, and whether or not he is capable of doing so is unclear.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s style relies upon quick transitions, combination play and direct attacking. Carrillo does not look particularly fitting for his approach.
Relationship with Pellegrino
Carrillo has worked with Mauricio Pellegrino at Estudiantes, Southampton and Leganes. He enjoys his relationship with the manager and joining the La Liga club may be of interest.
Southampton will need to sell plenty of players this summer. In doing so, transfer funds will be raised, and offloading Carrillo could provide them with greater freedom in the market.
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