The English transfer window slammed shut last Thursday, and Southampton wrapped up a last-minute deal for Kevin Danso.
After supporters had clamoured for the arrival of a new central defender, he walked through the door at the 11th hour on a season-long loan deal from FC Augsburg.
The close of the window meant that no clubs in England’s leading divisions would be able to sign the players who Southampton had made available for transfer this summer, rendering the chances of departures for the likes of Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy as extremely slim.
However, the European window remains open, and as such, Saints still have a good chance of offloading those who have been deemed surplus to requirements by Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Speculation has continued in the past week, and it seems there is still a good chance that some of our fringe players will exit for a move abroad.
So, just how likely is it that Saints will be able to rid themselves of their expensive flops before the window closes across the continent? I have rated our chances.
Wesley Hoedt’s fate has been sealed following Danso’s arrival. He appears to be our sixth-choice central defender, and if the club can offload him this summer, I’m sure they will be determined to strike a deal.
However, it seems few potential suitors have stepped forward thus far, and it is easy to see why. He has been dreadful since joining Saints for £15 million from Lazio, and his loan spell at Celta Vigo was hardly a success.
Our verdict on Saints’ chance of offloading Hoedt: 4/10.
Mario Lemina appeared set for a move to Wolves in the latter stages of the English window, but no deal was agreed. However, he is one of Saints’ more marketable assets, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him depart in the coming weeks.
He is not training with the first-team squad, and Ralph Hasenhuttl has excluded him from his plans. While Lemina is a gifted midfielder, he has struggled with fitness and consistency. Celta Vigo have been linked, but the list of his potential suitors appears to be slimming. He should still be snapped up by a relatively high-level European club, though.
Our verdict on Saints’ chance of offloading Lemina: 7/10.
Guido Carrillo is probably Southampton’s worst-ever signing. He has scored no goals and contributed with two assists since joining in 2018 for £19 million, and he is another who doesn’t feature in Hasenhuttl’s plans.
Offloading him – either on loan or permanently – is the best move for all parties. However, just where Carrillo could go to is now uncertain; Leganes are reportedly exploring other targets, while Boca Juniors have already replaced Dario Benedetto with Franco Soldano. Saints could be left frustrated in their hopes of shifting the striker, but they should jump at any chance to strike a deal with an interested party.
Our verdict on Saints’ chances of offloading Carrillo: 5/10.
Mohamed Elyounoussi appears to be the closest one of the lot to leaving Saints. Besiktas are pushing to sign him, and this would represent a good move for all parties involved.
Since his £16 million move from FC Basel last year, he has not scored nor assisted a single goal and is way behind the club’s current wingers in the pecking order. Letting him leave on loan, with the view to hopefully selling him for a significant fee, should be the way to go for the club.
Our verdict on Saints’ chances of offloading Elyounoussi: 8/10.