Report: Southampton want £19m record signing Guido Carillo to leave

Mark Hughes, Manager of Southampton looks on priort to the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Big-money outcasts Guido Carillo and Sofiane Boufal appear to be finished in the Premier League...with Southampton, anyway.

Guido Carrillo of Southampton during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on February 3, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Back in January, Southampton smashed their transfer record to land Monaco striker Guido Carillo in a £19 million deal. It did not exactly work out.

The 27-year-old target man arrived at St Mary’s boasting a very impressive goal-scoring record in France. He averaged a goal every 104 minutes for Monaco in Ligue 1 in the first half of the 2017/18 season.

Southampton's Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo (L) rises above Liverpool's English midfielder Trent Alexander-Arnold (R) to head the ball straight at the keeper during the English...

But while Southampton did rally to secure their Premier League status under Mark Hughes, Carillo’s impact was practically non-existent. He made just five league starts, seven appearances overall, and failed to score a single goal.

The Argentine played just seven minutes of football, too, after Hughes replaced Mauricio Pellegrino in March, all coming in the Welshman’s first game in charge – the 3-0 away defeat to West Ham United.

Guido Carrillo of Southampton is challenged by Stefano Okaka of Watford during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium on January 27,...

Clearly, Carillo does not appear to be part of the former Blackburn and Manchester City boss’s plans on the South Coast. And reports in the Mirror (2 June, page 48) claim that Carillo has been told that he has no future at Southampton after being axed from the pre-season tour of China along with fellow outcast Sofiane Boufal.

Carillo and Boufal are the two most expensive signings in Southampton’s history. But the Saints have learned that money is not everything.

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