As we reported yesterday, it seems that Newcastle have agreed a £5M fee with Inter Milan for their 20 year-old full-back Davide Santon, but success now rests on the Magpies being able to negotiate a wage deal, and meet the youngster’s demands.
David Santone – in wage negotiations with Newcastle
And late breaking news from Sky Sports this morning is that Davide is now to have a medical, so Newcastle must have agreed a wage deal for the youngster, and the deal is very close to completing.
After at least a couple of weeks negotiating with PSV for their left-back Erik Pieters and with Lyon for their left-back Aly Cissokho, Newcastle still didn’t meet the asking price of either player.
That’s one reason Newcastle need so much time to negotiate transfer deals, because they low-ball their offers so much, unlike some other clubs in the Premier League.
We thought Pieters would have been an excellent buy for the club, but it now seems that deal is dead in the water, and Aly Cissokho was a couple of million more expensive then Pieters, so that deal will not happen either.
We suppose the good news is that at least Newcastle have agreed a fee for the young Italian International, but there were reports last night that Davide will meet with Newcastle officials in London, and that his wages could be a problem.
But the news this morning is good, and it now seems Newcastle have agreed terms with the youngster and he is to undergo a medical.
The right-footed youngster can play in either full back position, which is an advantage to Newcastle, and he is an attacking full-back, much like Jose Enrique.
Internationale’s Chief Executive Riccardo Montolivo had this to say about his young player.
“Santon at Newcastle? He’s still an Inter player, but until the end of the market we cannot exclude anything,”
But being right footed means Davide will not be a like for like replacement for Jose Enrique, which Pieters and Cissokho would have been, so there is some hope that Newcastle will now sign Santon and also Pieters or Cissokho, to bolster Newcastle’s defensive options.
But getting Pieters or Cissokho is unlikely to happen, but would have been great if Newcastle could have done the double deal, since Newcastle are now short on defenders.
Santon’s agent Claudio Vigorelli yesterday dismissed rumors of a move for his young client to Roma, simply because the 20-year-old is said to be keen to to move to Newcastle.
There’s no doubt that Santon is a top young Italian player, and we think he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
And the 20 year-old has been praised by some top managers in the game, including his former manager at Inter-Milan, Jose Mourinho, who praised him for his personality and tactical knowledge, and by former Italy manager Marcello Lippi, who said he was the next Paulo Mandini.
Excellent praise indeed.
We’d be happy if Newcastle can agree a deal for Davide, but we’d be even happier if Newcastle can also get Pieters or Cissokho through the door by tomorrow night.
If they can do that then Newcastle will then have two very good new full backs.
Here’s hoping, and we’ll just reiterate that it seems the deal for Santon will go through, assuming he passes his medical in London.
One down and one to go? One down and two to go?
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