Newcastle United have removed yet another player off the wage bill with Mike Ashley pushing the transfer of Davide Santon to Inter Milan.
The move went through this morning on an initial loan basis, with reports that the deal includes a trigger whereby if the Italian plays a certain number of matches this season then a £3m+ permanent deal will be automatically generated.
Davide Santon posted comments on Facebook saying how much he’d loved it at Newcastle and thanking the fans and so on, with the post later deleted as the deal was initially delayed.
However, it was a different story with Santon’s Geordie girlfriend and mother of his child, Chloe Sanderson.
Talk about a woman scorned, she gave it to Mike Ashley with both barrels by posting the following on her Twitter account, comments which were also deleted a short time afterwards;
“Just to put it out there, Davide declined Inter Milan’s first offer but was pushed out by Newcastle United to leave..
“Disgusted with how Davide has been treated, fully fit for a while now with no chance to play – a club whose only intentions are to make £££”
While the fans were undoubtedly split on Davide Santon, there was an overall feeling that Alan Pardew had failed to get the best out of the Italian’s undoubted ability, with the defender being ‘Pardewed’.
There are big parallels with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, another player who came here with a great pedigree but who ended up in no-man’s land under the former manager, then removed from the wage bill while players with lesser ability are retained.
Surely no coincidence that as well as the former manager himself, three of Newcastle’s biggest wage earners have been taken off the wage bill by Ashley, with Hatem Ben Arfa the other to no longer be paid by Newcastle United.
Like Ms Sanderson, I have a strong feeling that Davide Santon has been cynically pushed out of the club, with money the primary reason – not ability.