Newcastle’s defender Davide Santon has lost his left back spot to local lad Paul Dummett recently, and there’s news in Italy that he could be leaving Newcastle in the summer and return back to his home country.
Davide Santon – could leave the club in the summer
Italian web-site Calciomercato are reporting today that Santon’s representative, Renzo Contratto has flown to England to discuss the position of his client with Newcastle.
AC Milan are the latest club who are interested in taking the 23 year-old back home, but it depends on the transfer fee Newcastle would want, that will determine if AC Milan can afford the 8 times capped Italian Intentional.
Of course a lot of this news is coming directly from Contratto, who may want a pay-day and is therefore pushing to get his client a transfer.
Eleven months ago, Contratto was quoted in Izvestia in Russia about Zenit St Petersburg’s interest in Davide, and he said this:
“We have several times had a substantive conversation with the Russian team, which has taken an active interest in my client. But it must be understood that many European teams are interested in my client.”
“Now the player is fully focused on performances for his club, but no one knows what will happen in the summer. I do know that Newcastle are not going to release the player for less than a certain amount.”
Santon did not end up moving last summer, but ever since he’s been at the Tyneside club, there have been other clubs interested in the left-back – mostly in Italy.
When Davide arrived at Newcastle in August oi 2011 he signed a five year deal, which runs through June of 2016, and Newcastle would demand a fee of around £10M for the Italian.
And this summer seems a more opportune time for Santon to potentially leave Newcastle, with defenders like Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa all very capable of playing at left back for Newcastle.
Newcastle paid £5M for the youngster from Inter-Milan almost three years ago, and Davide has played 91 times for Newcastle with one goal.
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