Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti has confirmed that Antonio Cassano could leave the club this summer.
The future of Antonio Cassano has been up for speculations, after he has failed to impress in his first season with the Nerazzurri. The Italian international missed a large chunk of the season due to injury after his much talked about move from AC Milan back in 2012.
The Inter squad is expected to undergo massive changes after enduring a disappointing season last time around, where they finished lowly ninth. Andrea Stramaccioni has already been replaced by former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri and he is expected to clear a lot of deadwood from the squad before bringing in new faces. Inter are reportedly close to signing French U-20 international Ishak Belfodil from Parma and Antonio Cassano is expected to be part of a swap deal. But it is believed that Cassano is unwilling to join the fellow Northern Italian club.
The 30-year-old is a subject of a transfer interest from Monaco and recent reports suggested that Giuseppe Bozzo, agent of Cassano, was recently in Monte Carlo to attend a discussion with the French club.
Inter President Massimo Moratti has confirmed the club’s interest in Belfodil, but has rubbished claims that a deal has already been agreed between the two clubs. He also stated the possibility of Cassano leaving the Nerazzurri.
“I’m in charge of Inter and I try to do what’s best for the club, it’s about being responsible. Belfodil is not a bad name, in fact he’s a big name.
“Football is all about opportunities and it’s up to the president to work out if they can be taken advantage of.
“In any case we’ll try to do whatever is needed to make sure the team is ready to face the new season.
“I don’t know if we’re good enough to win the league but we’ll certainly strengthen the team. Belfodil and Icardi are both great players already.
“We’ll see whether Cassano leaves. For Silvestre it would be a way for him to get regular games, but the deal is yet to be finalised.” – Moratti was quoted in press.
It will be interesting to see if the Belfodil deal goes through even if Antonio Cassano refuses to be a part of this deal. Either way, the 30-year-old is expected to be on the move once again, which means that he is facing the prospect of being transferred for the straight third season.