Sky Italia are reporting that Inter-Milan will come in and try to sign their former player Davide Santon of Newcastle United, before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.
Davide Santon – Inter-Milan interested?
Manager Roberto Mancini is keen to bolster his squad and he has already signed Lukas Podolski from Arsenal, Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich and Marcelo Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb in this January window.
With Davide Santon having just returned from a long term knee injury, he has not yet made it back into the Newcastle first team, and if Inter do come in for him, and the bid is big enough, it wouldn’t surprise us too much if Newcastle do the deal.
Newcastle have shown in past windows that they are willing sellers in January – but only if the money is big enough.
One thing Newcastle will be thinking of is that Davide’s contract runs out in 18 months time – when he will become a free agent – and we signed him from Inter in August of 2011 on a five year deal for £5.2M from the Italian club.
Inter are currently in 13th position in Serie A after 22 games played, and a full 13 points off third placed Napoli, so although Inter are strengthening their side in January, it’s unlikely they can qualify for a Champions League place by May.
They would need to make up at least 13 points on Napoli in the final 16 games of the season, after they finished in 5th place with 60 points last season and only (for them) qualified for the Europa League playoff position.
Ever since Santon has been at Newcastle for the last three and a half years, there has been interest in him from Italian clubs, including the two Milan clubs and Roma.
Davide could be the surprise departure tomorrow if Inter do come in with a big bid – maybe a minimum of £8M?
However, on a personal note, Davide is very settled at Newcastle with girlfriend Chloe Sanderson, and they have a baby daughter Sienna, who was born on 21st May 2013.
Davide has played 94 times with one goal for Newcastle and currently we have both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara who can play at left back for Newcastle.
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