Guido Carrillo signed for Southampton in the winter 2018 window, for not much less than £20m. He was a specific ask of then manager Mauricio Pellegrino yet didn’t manage to shine under his fellow Argentine, so it was only going to get worse after he departed.

Carrillo then went out on loan to Leganes, to be reunited with Pellegrino, yet didn’t make much of an impact there either.

AS now report Elche are showing an interest in the player, with the Spanish club wanting to make their return to La Liga a long-term thing. According to the Spanish newspaper, Southampton are trying to get themselves a small transfer fee, but, if that proves a fruitless exercise, it’s stated they’d be ‘forced’ to let Carrillo leave on a free transfer.

Therefore, the article’s headline reads Carrillo is ‘close to terminating’ his contract with the Premier League club. Given the deal runs until June 2021, and he’s unlikely to get close to the same wages anywhere else, the insinuation is the striker doesn’t want to give up the money.

Elche would have to make a financial effort to complete the deal, something AS believe they’re willing to do.