Friday, 26 January 2018

Southampton Sign Carrillo From Monaco

English club Southampton on Thursday signed striker Guido Carrillo for a reported fee of £19.2million (N9.8 billion) from Monaco.
The 26-year-old has penned a contract until 2021 and will link up again with Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, who he played under at Estudiantes.

Saints reportedly beat English Premier League rivals Crystal Palace to Carrillo’s signature and the forward hailed Pellegrino as a major reason for choosing St Mary’s.

Carrillo told the club’s website:
“I’m very happy. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this club.
“Lots of things attracted me. I know Southampton from watching the Premier League from when I was small, I’ve always regarded it as the most important league in the world.

“I obviously know the coaching staff, I’ve worked with them in Argentina and I also spoke with some players who were former team-mates in Argentina, who are now playing in the Premier League.

“They told me all about the club and gave it a shining reference. Therefore, I had no doubts when I took the decision.”
Carrillo joined Monaco from Estudiantes in 2015 and scored 15 goals in 65 Ligue 1 appearances, of which only 22 were starts.

Southampton’s vice-chairman of football Les Reed said:
"A huge amount of work has gone into completing this transfer, and we are thrilled that we have now been able to push it through to completion.
"Guido represents a very exciting addition to our attacking options ahead of the final months of the season, possessing plenty of experience at the highest level, while also having the potential and the desire to improve even further.
"We are confident he will benefit us not only in the remainder of this campaign, but in the years to come."
Southampton also hope to sign Dutch winger Quincy Promes from Spartak Moscow for what would be a club-record £30million (N14 billion).

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