Inter After Cassano

Although the Serie A transfer window has been reasonably quiet since the turn of the year, there have been no end of rumours circulating about high-profile transfers.

The latest addition to that list is Sampdoria ‘bad-boy’ Antonio Cassano. And, although the Blucerchiati president has repeatedly insisted that the 26-year-old is not for sale, Inter seem to have joined Juventus in a battle to sign Cassano, who holds 15 Italy capps under his belt. Juventus seem to have identified Antonio as the long-term replacement for their captain, Alessandro Del Piero, but the Nezzuri are keen to land the Samp player, and are seemingly willing to include wonderkid Mario Balotelli as part of the deal. It would be a great shame to lose the Ghanaian, but is yet another example that Giuseppe Rossi may have been onto something when he said ‘Italian clubs are afraid to play their youngsters’.

The pursuit of Cassano, though, can also be used as an example of Jose Mourinho’s great working relationship with club president, Massimo Moratti. Moratti has been open about his admiration for the short-fused striker, and has set his mind on landing him. But Inter only stepped up their bid when Mourinho gave the president the green light to sign him.

I personally don’t feel Cassano would be of any use to the Nezzuri, as Inter already have an abundance of attacking options.

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