Newcastle could have a fight on their hands to hang onto a key pair of players wanted by a Serie A giant.
This just seem to be getting worse for Newcastle United with the Mirror reporting that AC Milan are monitoring goalkeeper Tim Krul and full back Davide Santon.
Newcastle have just had their pants pulled down over a deal to sign Loic Remy from Marseille and the club could be set to lose two more key players when the summer transfer window opens.
Krul would be the biggest loss because he is the clear number one at the club and the high quality shot stopper the side has been missing, since Shay Given originally left for Manchester City.
Santon is an Italian international and a defender who has played in his home country before with Milan’s arch enemies, Inter. It could be a natural move back home for him.
However, Newcastle will dig in over either player because they have both been consistent performers and Newcastle fans can rest easy for January, because Milan are reportedly making enquiries ahead of the summer.
It’s more likely that Santon will leave the club before Krul for two reasons.
Firstly, he has roots in Italy and Serie A which he may long for. It’s only natural for an Italian to want to go back and play in Italy.
Secondly, AC Milan’s assistant manager Mauro Tassotti has confirmed the club are interested in Santon although nothing official has come out over whether they will move for him now or at the end of the season.
Krul has a long contract which currently expires in 2017 and his current status for club and country means a high fee is something Newcastle could justify. Krul has been exceptional so he will not be cheap.
Alan Pardew proved with the recent arrival of Mathieu Debuchy that the club still has pulling power in the transfer market, so if either player leaves, the club should be able to find top quality replacements.
He doesn’t seem to have shown any sign that he wants to sell any player, only bring in additional players that will support the squad over the second half of the season.
Newcastle fans can rest easy, for now.
Calling all Newcastle fans, is there anything in this?
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