The rumours regarding Matteo Darmian’s move to Italy have reached a level where players are being asked about the chance of having him as their teammate.

In an interview with FC Inter 1908, Former Newcastle United fullback Davide Santon was questioned about the possible arrival. He said: “I know Darmian, he’s a friend. I like the rumours, he’s a great player and a great guy.”

“If he comes he’ll be welcome, the competition will be big. The competition will be for me, as for him. I’d be glad if he came, I don’t think I’d leave.”

Just like Darmian, Santon can play on both sides, being mostly used on the left by Inter;s current manager Frank De Boer.

The Italian media seems pretty confident that Inter will be able to land Darmian in January, as they take the lack of games given by José Mourinho as a strong argument for an exit.

Santon himself nearly moved to the Premier League over the summer, as moves to Sunderland and West Ham collapsed after issues with the player’s medical.

The Inter defender wasn’t happy about that, and spoke this week to explain the whole thing had confused him, because he’s shown so far this season that he’s fit.