Official: Chelsea Striker Franco Di Santo Joins Wigan Athletic On Three-Year Deal

Argentina youth international leaves Premier League champions...
Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo has completed his move to Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Di Santo, 21, had been linked with a move to the club all summer but the deal was only agreed in the last minutes of the summer transfer window. The Argentina youth international has returned to Lancashire after scoring one goal in 22 Premier League appearances while on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season.

Speaking to the Latics' official website, Di Santo - who made eight first team appearances for Chelsea in two years - expressed his joy at having his future sorted out.

He said: "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.

"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."

Manager Martinez was thrilled to see Di Santo follow the temporary capture of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

"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 Rovers," the Spaniard stated.

"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.

"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 Athletic and his desire and commitment is exactly the right attitude for our club."