According to Argentine media outlet Doble Amarilla, Southampton flop Guido Carrillo is a target for Boca Juniors, and Saints won’t be able to believe their luck if the report is true.
Well, the south coast outfit signed the striker in a £19m deal from Monaco in January 2018, but after failing to make an impact or find the net in 10 matches in all competitions for the club, he was shipped out on a season-long loan deal to Leganes last summer by Mark Hughes.
Under the tutelage of former Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino, the 28-year-old scored six goals in 33 games for the La Liga outfit as they secured an impressive 13th-placed finish in Spain’s top tier.
Doble Amarilla report Boca boss Nicola Burdisso personally watched the centre-forward in action for the Madrid-based team, although they say Carrillo’s representative hasn’t spoken to the Argentine player about a potential return to South America.
Saints would surely have been fearing the worst about trying to offload the striker during the summer transfer window.
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While Ralph Hasenhuttl is yet to take a close look at the 28-year-old, he doesn’t appear to fit into the pressing style that the Austrian wants to see from his attacking players.
Having failed to pull up any trees at Leganes and with the club having no intention of signing him on a permanent basis, as per Doble Amarilla, the south coast club had been left in a difficult situation.
However, the interest from both Boca and Estudiantes de La Plata may well mean they are more likely to get rid of their disappointing £19m man for good.
While they will likely struggle to recoup anywhere near that fee for Carrillo, simply getting some money for him and removing his pay from the wage bill will be enough in what is an important summer of making changes to the squad.