Roberto Mancini has confirmed at his latest press conference in Italy that both Davide Santon and Xherdan Shaqiri are up for sale.

The Inter Milan manager says that due to the Serie A club having over 30 players, at least one if not both of the players will have to leave, with the squad being limited to 25.

The two were recruited on loan in January and both played the required number of matches that triggered an automatic permanent deal.

15m euros going to Bayern Munich for Shaqiri and 3.7m euros paid to Newcastle for Davide Santon.

Mancini defended the deals agreed in January, by saying that the number of clubs now interested in signing the two players confirmed their pedigree.

The Italian manager saying that Davide Santon in particular has improved since his move back to Italy.

Roberto Mancini:

“If we took them (Davide Santon and Xherdan Shaqiri) in January, it’s because we thought they would do well.

“The fact that there are so many clubs interested in them means we weren’t wrong.”


“The squad limit is 25 and unfortunately someone will have to go, as we have over 30 players currently.

“Santon in particular has improved since last season and they will be two great acquisitions for the English Premier League.”

Reports last week claimed that Davide Santon had agreed to join Watford but the player used his Facebook page to say that those claims were wide of the mark.

Davide Santon on Facebook last week:

“Hello guys, I read all your comments and want to say I know nothing about all this. I want to stay at Inter.

“Your comments were really very pleasing and I embrace you all with affection. Forza Inter!”

Roberto Mancini’s statement apppears to mean that for Santon to have any chance of first team football he will need to leave Inter once again, though whether it will be Watford or indeed any other Premier League club remains to be seen.