Leganes target Mauricio Pellegrino favourite Carloz AuzquiJune 30, 2018
Mauricio Pellegrino’s arrival at Estadio Municipal de Butarque was a rude awakening as he took over a club going through a huge period of change, having lost their long serving manager, captain and several other key players. One of the first areas he’s looking to reinforce is in attack, with an old acquiantance, Carloz Auzqui, being linked.
The 26-year-old forward can play through the middle or on either flank, making him a versatile and attractive option for the former Alaves and Valencia coach.
AS report that Leganes insist that Auzqui is merely just a name on a list of potential targets, but the report also states that sources in Argentina believes that talks between the two clubs are ongoing over a possible deal.
Contracted until 2021, Leganes would have to pay a fee to bring the Argentinian to Madrid, though it is not clear whether River Plate would be prepared to sell or not only a year and four months after signing him from Estudiantes, where Pellegrino previously worked with him.
However, his goalscoring record of 17 goals in 188 games at senior level is not prolific, with his best single season being in 2016/17 when he notched six goals in 35 games in all competitions, moving from Estudiantes to River Plate mid-season.
Leganes desperately need firepower, but with a fee required, some may question whether Auzqui is the best they can do, even if he is a man that Pellegrino trusts.