We could have done with having Davide Santon at Newcastle at the moment, since we have no recognized left backs available, with Paul Dummett being out for the season, and Massadio Haidara has a long term knee injury.
Davide Santon – sold to Inter-Milan
The Italian defender was initially sent on loan to Inter-Milan in late January, but after 10 games that deal has become permanent, and it’s reported for a low €3M, which is around £2.5M.
Davide has been at the club since the summer of 2011, when we signed him for £5M from Inter, and he was injured for the first half of the season with a knee injury.
Davide had only 18 months left on his five year contract and Lee Charnley said at the recent Fans Forum meeting that it was a good chance to get a deal for him in January – that’s why he was allowed to leave.
It also got Davide’s wages off the wage bill.
Santon’s agent is Renzo Contratto and he said a deal has been made with Inter for the permanent transfer of the player.
This is what he said to La Gazzetta dello Sport:
“Let’s say that Inter’s purchase is now official,” “It was an ideal return to Milan and we are satisfied. It’s a shame that it does not correspond to the team’s results.
“He played 100 games in the Premier League, the top championship in the world, so it’s normal that he developed. And he can develop even further.”
The deal is not official since neither side have yet confirmed the deal, and indeed it may not be announced until the summer – the deal will be signed on July 1st – the first day of the summer transfer window.
As we said, we could have done with having Davide Santon in the first team for the rest of the season, but we know money is a higher priority than the playing staff at Newcastle.
Newcastle keep proving that by their actions, especially in January transfer windows.
Davide played 94 times with one goal for Newcastle over three and a half seasons and he was a good technical player for us.
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