There is a report on the Italian web-site Calcio Mercato, that Roma manager Zdenek Zeman is preparing a £6.5M bid for Newcastle’s top Italian International full-back Davide Santon in January.
Davide Santon – Roma interested again
Davide has been one of the star men for Newcastle this season, and he was only recently recalled to the full Italian squad, and he’s finding his top form playing for the Magpies, and on Sunday he was our Man of the Match in the 2-0 defeat at Southampton.
But the Roma manager has been keen on the 21 year-old for a while now, and there were reports in the summer that Roma had contacted Newcastle about doing a deal for the 7 times capped Italian, but they were given no encouragement by Newcastle.
Davide is a versatile player and is equally at home in either full-back position, but Newcastle would be crazy to let this player leave the club, even though it would be around a £1.5M profit on him in just 18 months.
But Newcastle are struggling at the moment, and it makes no sense to sell one of our best players, and further weaken the side.
Indeed, we are hoping that Mike Ashley will open up the check book in January, and bring some new players into the squad, since the squad has been decimated this season by injury, and in the main that’s been due to the extra European games telling on a small squad.
But Santon has said many times that he is very happy on Tyneside, and of course he also has a Geordie girlfriend, and he’s in no hurry to leave Newcastle, and the lad also has an excellent working relationship with manager Alan Pardew, who he thinks is a top coach.
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Roma do come in for Santon in January, but they’ll have to pay an awful lot more than £6.5M - they’d have to pay out silly money – if Mike Ashley was to ever agree to sell the top youngster.
We don’t think Davide is going anywhere, any time soon from Newcastle.
What do you think?
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