Samp open to Cassano offers
Sampdoria admit they would consider a bid from Inter Milan for star player Antonio Cassano.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 12/07/09 6:46pm
Sampdoria sporting director Beppe Marotta admits the club would listen to a bid from Inter Milan for star player Antonio Cassano.
The Italian is rebuilding his career at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris after a number of turbulent years towards the end of his time at Roma and then while on loan at Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old is no stranger to controversy in a career which saw him make his Serie A debut for hometown club Bari in 1999 when aged just 16.
The 15-time capped Italian international has just recorded his best season in front of goal for six seasons with a return of 15 in all competitions.
Cassano's rediscovered form has interested Inter, who he helped dismantle in the semi-finals of last season's Coppa Italia, according to reports and Marotta revealed that the club would have to listen to any offers.
"There has been no contact with Inter, but if they asked about Cassano obviously we would sit around a table to discuss it, also for a question of respect" he told Mediaset Premium.
"Inter could certainly put players on the table who might be important for Sampdoria."
However the Sampdoria chief is confident that Cassano will remain at the club next season despite having a minimum release fee of 20million Euros.
"We were the first in Italy to introduce this formula and we did it to facilitate an eventual decision on Antonio's part," he added.
"However he always showed enthusiasm toward Sampdoria, so I don't think a transfer will take place during this campaign."
Despite Cassano's improved form, and behaviour, he has continued to be overlooked by Azzurri head coach Marcello Lippi and the forward may see a move to the Serie A champions as a way of getting back into the national side ahead of the World Cup next summer.