Cassano and Pazzini set for swap
Milan clubs set to trade strikers
Last Updated: August 21, 2012 10:11pm
Cassano and Pazzini: Poised to swap between neighbouring clubs
AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano is poised to join local rivals Inter Milan, with Giampaolo Pazzini moving the other way, the two clubs have confirmed.
The Serie A rivals have been in negotiations over the players, who both left Sampdoria for their respective sides during the 2010-11 season, but no deal has yet been done.
Inter president Massino Moratti believes Cassano, who has revived his career with the Rossoneri and established himself in the Italy national side, would be a welcome addition to the Inter squad.
"It's an interesting operation - who doesn't want a player like Cassano?" Moratti told the club's official website.
"We think he can be useful and the coach thinks the same."
AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has talked up his former Fiorentina team-mate Pazzini ahead of his impending move.
"It will be wonderful if he arrives," he told Milan's official television channel.
"Pazzini has done well in all the teams he played for. He is a fox in the penalty area, he's strong in the air and helps his sides to play well."
Reports in the Italian media suggest AC Milan will pay an additional €7.5million to the Nerazzurri for 28-year-old Pazzini, who scored only five goals in the Serie A for Inter last term.