The Rossoneri are reportedly readying a January bid for Toon full-back Davide Santon, who may well be tempted with a move back to his homeland.
Reports in both Italy and England today are suggesting that AC Milan are weighing up a move for Newcastle’s Davide Santon in the January transfer window.
The former Inter defender has been in good form of late, and put in a commanding performance last weekend as part of the Tyneside team’s excellent 1-0 win at Tottenham.
Reports in Italy suggest that Milan are in the market for a new right-back, as Ignazio Abate could well be on his way out of the club – with Arsenal a supposed suitor.
The Gunners are still to see whether Bacary Sagna will be extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium, and are thought to have identified the Italy international as a potential replacement.
Santon shot to fame at Inter Milan, and famously put in a commanding defensive performance to stifle Cristiano Ronaldo in a Champions League clash while he was an inexperienced teenager.
The right-footed left-back moved to Tyneside in August 2011, and has grown in stature over his time at the St James’ Park club.
His attacking abilities are there for all to see, and he has improved his positional play and defensive responsibilities over the last 12 months.
If Milan do come knocking, what are the chances that Santon could return to Italy?
Newcastle will obviously be very reluctant to sell their first-choice left-back, especially mid-season, but a Milan bid could well unsettle the defender.
With Santon spending a lot of time in Milan, a return to the Italian city would surely have some appeal, but a more important reason could influence his decision.
In a World Cup year, Santon certainly has an outside chance to represent the Azzurri in Brazil next summer, and a move back to Serie A could well improve his hopes.
The 22-year-old has amassed eight caps to date for his nation, but would be the public eye more if he was to return to his homeland.
With Cesare Prandelli unlikely to be keeping consistent tabs on Newcastle, if Santon can impress at Milan he would surely be in line to take his place on the plane to Brazil next summer.
For Alan Pardew and the Newcastle fans, Milan’s reported interest will be unwelcome and treated with disdain. However, for Santon, the appeal of a World Cup at the end of the season could well influence his thoughts.
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