It’s not for the first time there is news from the Italian press that an Italian club is interested in taking Newcastle’s Italian International left-back Davide Santon back home to Italy.
Davide Santon – in action against Liverpool
This time it’s AC Milan who are being linked with a move for Davide, and that’s the club the 23 year-old supported as a boy, even though he was signed as a 14 year-old by rivals Inter-Milan back in 2004, and was managed by Jose Mourinho, who in fact shifted him from being a right winger to a left back.
The report this time is in RaiSport1, and the news is that Milan will try to get a deal done in January, although the likelihood of Newcastle losing Davide this month seems to be very low, unless a huge fee is involved.
When Jose Enrique was at the club, the Spaniard didn’t have much competition at left-back, but these days the club have some good left backs with 21 year-old Frenchmen Massadio Haidara pushing Davide hard, for the first team starting position.
And we also have 22 year-old local lad Paul Dummett, who has shown this season he can play well in the Premier League and recently signed a six-year deal at his home town club.
Utility man Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has played well for Newcastle on both full-back positions, and Ryan Taylor, currently out with an ACL knee injury. can also play in either full-back position.
So it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Newcastle were willing to sell Davide in the summer at the right price – but that would need to be at least double the £5M paid Inter-Milan for the lad in the summer of 2011.
Davide has become a much better player while at Newcastle, but he also seems to love life and certainly seems happy on Tyneside.
But as with any Newcastle player if a massive bid comes in for Davide, Mike Ashley would be willing to sell – even in January, because we have adequate cover at left back at the club at the moment.
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