Gaston Ramirez is set to become the latest name to join Southampton’s mass summer exodus, with Marca reporting that a move to Sevilla is close.
The two sides are understood to be in advanced talks over a deal which would see the midfielder join the club on a season-long loan, with Sevilla having the option to make the switch permanent should he impress in Spain.
Ramirez joined Southampton from Bologna in August 2012 for around £12 million, and went on to score five goals in 26 games during his first Premier League campaign.
However, the 23-year-old Uruguayan international made only 18 top-flight appearances during his second season on the south coast after injuring his ankle at the start of 2014, and a brief substitute outing in the 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Milwall is the sole action he’s seen so far this term.
Also linked to Sevilla last month, it had been suggested that Ramirez was being given extra time to recover following the World Cup, but it now appears as though new boss Ronald Koeman is more than open to offloading him.
The Saints have seen five other first-teamers leave the club this summer, with Luke Shaw moving to Manchester United for £27 million, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all departing for Liverpool for a combined £48 million, and Calum Chambers sealing a £16 million switch to Arsenal.
With their transfer income nearing the £100 million mark, one might have expected Koeman to keep hold of the still-promising Ramirez for the 2014-15 season at least, but this latest news from Spain leaves those beliefs in doubt.
Should Southampton let Ramirez leave?