Fiorentina may step in for Santon

Fiorentina have their eyes on Newcastle United defender Davide Santon, according to press reports in Italy.

Newcastle United are reluctant to sell Italian defender Davide Santon, but they may receive an approach from Serie A side Fiorentina within the next few weeks.

The 23-year-old has already attracted interest from Roma, who in turn are fighting to keep hold of their defensive jewel Mehdi Benatia under pressure from Barcelona.

Reports suggest that Newcastle have put a £10m price tag on Santon but would rather keep him at St James' Park.

Talented left-back Santon grew up in Inter's youth system after arriving there from Ravenna and made 40 appearances for the Nerazzurri before relocating to Newcastle.

Many in Italy rate Santon highly and see him as a bright prospect for the future who could take on an important role for the national team for years to come.

It is suspected that Newcastle's choice to place a valuation of £10m on Santon is intended to scare off potential bidders, but La Nazione believes that Fiorentina aren't put off.

The Viola had an impressive season in Serie A but will need to strengthen during the summer if they are to challenge for honours next term, especially with a resurgent Inter and AC Milan in prospect.

Cagliari defender Davide Astori, who was linked with Manchester United earlier in the season, appears to be the alternative for Fiorentina and could be lured in an exchange deal, making him a cheaper option.

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