Pochettino’s Uruguayan star could be heading back to Italy…
Gaston Ramirez, Southampton’s 22-year-old playmaker, could be heading back to Italy to join Inter Milan, his agent Pablo Betancourt told Ilsussidiario.net.
No offer has yet been made for Ramirez, but Betancourt is convinced a deal could take place if the money is right.
The Uruguayan attacking midfielder enjoyed a productive debut season in the Premier League, scoring five goals, and his form has earned the attention of Italian giants Inter Milan.
“I have not personally had any contact with Inter, but there could well have been discussions between the clubs,” Betancourt told the Italian publication.
“Should it be possible? I’m convinced that everything can be done if there is the money to do it.
“For Ramirez, the English side made a big sacrifice, so if Inter like him they will have to pay a big sum.
“Italy is in Ramirez’s heart, but I don’t like talking about things that are not concrete.
“Should there be an offer, then we will evaluate.”
Southampton will no doubt want to hold on to the player they shelled out £12m for last summer from Bologna.
His technical ability and his intricate passing helped Southampton avoid relegation last season, and the Uruguayan helped lay on five goals to top scorer Ricky Lambert.
Although his game suits the slower paced Italian leagues, Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to keep hold of his star playmaker. With the summer additions of Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama, Southampton have genuine ambitions of finishing much higher than last season’s seventeenth place.
If Inter did come in for the classy midfielder, it is likely that Southampton would demand north of the £12m they paid for him last summer.