Five La Liga stars prospective Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino could target

According to reports in ESPN FC, Southampton are close to appointing former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino as Claude Puel’s successor at St Mary’s.

The south coast outfit decided to sack the Frenchman earlier this month despite the fact that he secured an eighth-place finish in the Premier League and reached the final of the League Cup final, with supporters unimpressed by his style of football and 17 goals in 19 home league games.

It means that Saints are looking for their third new manager in three years and they are said to believe that Pellegrino is one of the best options available to them right now as he could stay at the club for a number of years, rather than moving on like Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman have in recent seasons.

If the Argentine does take the reins at St Mary’s, he could look to use his knowledge of La Liga and target players that he feels could make an impact in the Premier League.

Here are five La Liga stars Pellegrino could look to sign this summer if he is appointed as Southampton’s new manager…