Carrillo Close To Termination Of Contract
Wednesday, 30th Sep 2020 11:44
According to the Spanish media Guido Carrillo will need to terminate his contract with the club in order to facilitate a move to the newly promoted Spanish club Elche.
It look like Saints will need to give Guido Carrillo a free transfer if they want to get the striker off their wage book, Spanish side Elche are looking to buy the player after being promoted to La Liga, but as in the case of several other big signings on the books the player himself does not want to give up the high wages he is on at St Mary's.
Saints had been hoping to get some return on the player, whom they signed back in January 2018 when Mauricio Pellegrino was manager on a 3 1/2 year deal.
The arrival of Mark Hughes a couple of months later saw Carrillo given little chance under the new manager and he was shipped out on loan the following season.
It is understandable that Carrillo should feel a little miffed to have seen his career stalled through no fault of his own, some Saints fans would say that the Argentinian striker was sub standard, but in fairness to him his games for Saints were in a team in freefall and he was no worse than most of those who were surrounding him in the side, indeed he had a good game in a vital win at West Brom which ultimately saw Saints safe from relegation.
So it is understandable why Carrillo should feel that having signed a contract and done nothing other than give his best, that Saints should have either given him a chance to show what he could do or pay him, unlike others who have been content to go ot on loan after showing little interest in putting in any effort.
So for this deal to go through the media report in Spainare saying it looks like Saints will have to effectively forego any transfer fee so that the player can be paid a signing on fee by Elche to compensate for his lost wages should he make the move.
This is a situation that has not just been Carrillo but also several other big money signings for Saints and it is prevalent in football, where other clubs have had to pay over the odds in both transfer fees and wages in order to sign players who are not worth those amounts.
In fairness these deals were done by a different regime at the club and back then fans were demanding money was spent and it was done and we are now paying the price.
Paying big transfer fees does not always mean you get a player worth that, the likes of Everton and Spurs can pay £50 million for a player, but they can't get a £50 million player if you see what I mean.
For Saints it now looks like with Carrillo they will have to take what they can get, they will save £4 million in wages and bonuses etc and in these times that it better than nothing.
Some will point to the fact that we paid £19 million and that money was wasted, but I would say that we made a panic buy to keep us in the Premier League, we stayed up and Carrillo's contribution was not great, but it was a contribution all the same, losing out on £19 million in transfer fee's is still better than 10 times than in Premier League money.
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