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Parma in advanced talks with Cassano

Parma managing director Pietro Leonardi remains confident of signing Antonio Cassano but insisted the deal was not yet done.

The Inter striker made 36 appearances last season but his return of just eight goals in that time played a part in the club’s ninth-place finish in Serie A.

Andrea Stramaccioni lost his job as head coach following Inter’s poor campaign, and new manager Walter Mazzarri has been tasked with reviving the clubs fortunes starting with a reshuffle of the playing staff.

Cassano looks set to be one of the first players to leave the club, and Parma are in pole position to sign the Italy international, although the deal is not done yet.

Parma would be the seventh club of Cassano’s career and Leonardi is excited about the prospect of seeing represent his side at the Stadio Ennio Tardini next season.

“Why are we after Cassano who is 30-years-old and not a young person? I think Cassano is an absolute talent who I have always wanted to work with. I do not want to hear about alternatives,” he told FcInternews.

“Of course I would be happy if everything goes ahead and are very confident. However, there are sensitive issues that I can not reveal.”

Genoa have also expressed an interest in Cassano, but the 49-year-old Parma official remains confident they will be able to complete the deal in the coming weeks to provide an experienced head to partner Amauri in attack.

“There’s not much to talk about, the operation has started and we are quite confident,” he added. “But as is normal in these situations you have to put together all the components.

“Certainly there is a willingness on the part of everyone to arrive at the conclusion.

“I am not aware that Genoa might disturb the deal; we with Inter, from a corporate standpoint, have reached an agreement on everything.

“The deal is quite advanced. We’re working, we need calm. But there is a lot of confidence even though we have not yet reached an agreement, depends on many factors.”

Sun 23 June, 2013
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