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Greek Club Interested In Saints High Earner !
Thursday, 16th May 2019 11:53

With Saints looking to not only raise funds for transfer fees by the sale of those not in their plans going forward but also to reduce the wage bill, their is some good news on the rumour mill this week.

Greek club Olympiacos are reportably tracking Saints striker Guido Carrillo ahead of the summer transfer window which could be good news for both player and Saints themselves.

The Athens club are said to be looking towards the Spanish League and with Carrillo currently on loan at Leganes he is said to be one of the players on their radar according to reports in the Greek media who also claim that initial contact has been made to enquire as to the player availability and the cost.

The attacker has made 31 La Liga appearances in this campaign, scoring six goals and is under contract at St. Mary’s until June 2021.

Carrillo didn't get much of a chance at St Mary's, he was seen very much as a Mauricio Pellegrino signing and with the manager being sacked weeks later managed only 7 games for Saints in the Premier League totalling 451 minutes plus another 3 appearances in the FA Cup.

Although much maligned in some quarters he played a part in Saints survival, somehow getting on the end of a porr Josh Sims cross in the final minute away at Burnley and knocking the ball back for Manolo Gabbiadini to score a vital equaliser, a point that ultimately helped us come the final run in.

There are some who think that he might get the chance to prove himself to Ralph Hasenhuttl before any deccision is made and certainly it should be noted that he came into a team playing badly and in the 7 games he played he was no worse than most of those playing alongside him.

But although he should not be written off just yet, I would imagine that a decent offer from Olympiacos around the mark of his current market value of £10 million, although well short of the money we paid might be enough to tempt us and get some money for the transfer kitty as well as freeing up a fairly substantial wage.

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dirk_doone added 15:25 - May 16
We've been rumoured to be interested in signing one of their Moroccan Norwegian players, Omar Elabdellaoui, for a long time so an exchange might be in the offing. They might also throw in another one, Tarik Elyounoussi, who they've been trying to offload for a while. He's been out on loan in Azerbaijan,
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underweststand added 16:42 - May 16
If the Greeks want Carrillo, I think we should listen seriously, and although we are unlikely to get our full transfer fee back....IF we can agree a suitable fee, then I say ...
Take the money and run .....
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SaintPaulVW added 18:37 - May 16
Ralph cannot be expected to put time into rescuing every lost cause that was here before he came. I am sure he has had a look and formed his own judgment based on the qualities he thinks we need and what Carillo is likely to offer.

So if he comes back into the squad fair enough but if not, if we can get a reasonable price and that will be nowhere near the silly money we paid, I agree cut and run.
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dirk_doone added 19:10 - May 16
We're talking about the Greek league.

The biggest fee Olympiacos paid for a player last year was £2 mill. They get most of their players on free transfers or for a few hundred thousand. As I said, it's likely to be a straight swap for one of their Moroccan Norwegian players, Elabdellaoui, who was on loan to Hull before.
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