Latics sign Di Santo from Blues

The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn, was
initially linked with another temporary spell in Lancashire at the
DW Stadium. But Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has secured Di Santo
permanently after he underwent a medical on Tuesday afternoon to
join midfielder Tom Cleverley, who joined on loan from Manchester
United earlier in the day. “We’ve been following Franco for a long
time and from his point of view it’s clear that he is desperate to
play for Wigan and his desire and commitment is exactly the right
attitude for our club,” said Martinez. Martinez added: “Franco is
an Under-20 international for Argentina with great Premier League
experience having worked at a club with the calibre of players of
Chelsea, and also spending a hugely beneficial year on loan at an
established club like Blackburn. “We all feel that Franco can
fulfil his potential at our football club and he’ll bring a
completely different dimension to our squad with his presence,
technical ability and hard-work. Di Santo, brought to England by
Chelsea in 2008, made 22 appearances for Blackburn last season but
scored just once. “I am just happy that my future has been sorted
out now. I can’t wait to start training, meet all my new team-mates
and start fighting for my place in the team,” said the Argentinian.
“Roberto Martinez has big ambitions for the club and he made it
clear how much he wanted me to be here. “When a manager is so
positive about you, then it is an easy decision to make.”