It appears that Renzo Contratto has been stirring things up again with regard to a Davide Santon AC Milan move.
Santon’s agent has regularly been quoted in the past talking up a possible move for the Newcastle defender…sometime midfielder.
The latest sees Italian website Calciomercato having good information that Santon’s agent had flown to England for discussions on agreeing a move in the summer. I wonder where that story originated from…
Whether Contratto has actually travelled to England for discussions is unknown but AC Milan have fallen from grace and are currently only mid-table in Serie A. So it would be hard to see them splashing massive amounts of cash this summer without Champions League money and the relative weakness of domestic TV deals compared to the likes of the Premier League.
One example of the agent’s conduct (selling technique) was seen last year when told the Russian media;
“We’ve had substantive conversations with a Russian team but it has to be understood there are many European clubs interested in my client. The player us fully focused on his club but nobody knows what happens in the summer, though I do know Newcastle aren’t going to release the player for less than a certain amount.”
As for Santon himself, his form has gone downhill but clearly is a talented footballer. The Italian is yet another player who doesn’t seem to be benefiting from the coaching at Newcastle and while I wouldn’t believe anything his agent said, it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see Ashley getting another big earner off the books and tell himself he has cheaper replacements such as Dummett and Haidara who can do a job.
The only problem (for Ashley) is that any thoughts of ‘buy young and sell at a big profit’ won’t be reflected in Santon’s current valuation, unless something significantly changes in the next two months.