It’s not too unkind to say Guido Carrillo may go down as one of Southampton’s worst signings of recent years.
The Premier League club signed the striker from AS Monaco in the 2018 winter transfer window. They did so to please then manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Monaco must have thought their luck had come in when Southampton paid around €20m for the player, despite his scoring record not being at all impressive with the French principality club.
Things didn’t improve with the Saints and when Pellegrino went it was only a matter of time before Carrillo followed him. That he did, literally.
With the manager taking over at Leganes, the Spanish club loaned the Argentine for last season. He played 33 matches and scored six goals.
AS report Leganes have asked Southampton for another loan, but there’s some competition for the player. Other La Liga clubs are keen, and Boca Juniors have also been linked, so there could be a battle ahead.
A permanent transfer is ‘almost discarded’ by Leganes.
Southampton would surely want to see the back of their player completely, if they send him on loan for a season he’ll return being 29 years of age and with a year of contract left… not the nest bargaining position.