St Mary’s youngster courts Serie A return.
Fiorentina have made Southampton star Gaston Ramirez their number one target – just over three months since he made a club record move to the newly-promoted side.
The 22-year-old, who featured for his national side at the 2012 Olympics, has racked up two goals and two assists in nine league appearances this season and established himself as a fans’ favourite on the south coast.
But according to sources in Italy, Fiorentina are desperate to bring him back to Italy and have already initiated contact with the playmaker’s representatives.
And they will be encouraged by the fact he expressed his admiration for the club last week.
He said: “Me to Fiorentina? It would be nice, they are playing very well and I like coach (Vincenzo) Montella.
“In every game the team are having fun, they have great quality. Why not? I’d come back in Italy, I like it and I was fine there.”
This is ominous. Southampton stole a march on a number of ‘bigger’ Premier League sides when they won the £12m race to sign Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez and now the 22 year old openly stating his interest in a move back to Serie A. Nigel Adkins will surely not be happy to hear a new signing being so brazen.
The young playmaker has done reasonably well since arriving at St Mary’s and Southampton would do well to quash such exit talk as soon as possible.
If the South Coast side were to consider offers for a player they only brought in a few months earlier then they would clearly demand a fee in excess of the record breaking fee they spent on the former Bologna man.
Ramirez enjoyed two successful seasons in Italy prior to his move to Southampton and the relegation threatened side have lost just three of the eight games he has started this term.
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