Only yesterday the talk in the Football Transfer Tavern was all about Wigan forward Franco Di Santo and today is no different with Sky Sports reporting that the player will be denied a move away from the DW Stadium club this January transfer window.
Having gone from strength to strength of late, Di Santo has even made the senior Argentina international squad and has placed himself firmly on the radar of a host of clubs both in the Premier League and Europe. A rumoured departure from the club to link up with Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool has been recently mooted.
All this however seems pure transfer window speculation, and whilst there is no doubt that the player may eventually leave the DW Stadium, it will not be this January. With Wigan once again playing football that is easy on the eye, yet always seemingly flirting with the drop, manager Roberto Martinez claimed: “we can’t afford to lose Franco or anyone else just now.”
Martinez did however acknowledge just how well the striker had done, admitting: “Franco had an incredible experience with us last season. He was unbelievable in the last nine games. He is a very important player for the squad.”
The issue of course is that Di Santo is out of contract in the summer, and should he fail to sign a new deal, he could eventually leave on a free. However, Martinez sees Di Santo as being so important that he is willing to risk that and keep him this winter whatever the eventual cost.