Southampton flop Gaston Ramirez is ready to leave the club in January and is hoping to head back to former club Bologna, according to his agent.
The Argentine playmaker joined the Saints in 2012 after emerging as one of the top performers in Serie A.
His talents were so highly appreciated that he cost the South Coast outfit a club record £12m, but despite the sum paid for him he’s largely struggled in English football.
Ramirez has made a few fleeting appearances in a Southampton shirt this term, and with his contract due to expire at the end of the season the Hampshire side are looking to offload him in January rather than lose him for free.
And the South American’s agent, Pablo Betancourt, has revealed that his client is ready to move on, with a return to Bologna a favourable option:
“Ramirez has suffered from numerous physical problems in England and has also had to give up the national team and Copa America,” he told Radio Nettuno (via talkSPORT).
“He wants to return to Italy, he’s constantly thinking about it, and when he talks about Italy he speaks of Bologna.
“At Christmas, Gaston could be released and [Bologna sporting director Pantaleo] Corvino likes the player.
“In Italy, Bologna is his preferred destination. It isn’t a matter of money, but the fact of being able to become an important player in a place he loves.”