Anfield boss keen on temperamental Italian
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Roy Hodgson is hoping to spring something of a major transfer coup by attempting to lure Sampdoria attacker Antonio Cassano into making a move from Serie A to Anfield. The Italian international has recently fallen out with his Genoa side and it seems that he is destined to leave the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
The 28 year old former Real Madrid man has fallen out with the club’s president after he reportedly refused to attend an awards ceremony which triggered a series of arguments between the club and the talented Bari born star.
Hodgson has been watching on with interest and whilst a move to bring the Sampdoria man to Liverpool may prove to be a tricky proposition it could prove to be an intelligent move to make. All seemed to be going well for Cassano who has had great spell back in Italy following a nightmare period at the Bernabeu. He has become a crucial part of the club’s attacking plans and new boss Domenico Di Carlo had watched on as he netted five goals in nine games thus far this season.
The fact that the club appears ready to boot the player from the club would mean they would accept less than they would normally but a fee of at least £15m would be needed to snap up a player of Cassano’s undoubted talent. However with his contract reportedly being cancelled by the Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone it could be that no fee would be needed to seal the deal. The temperamental Italian can play as part of a two man strike force or in the hole behind the strikers.
A move to Napoli has been ruled out by the Naples club and a move back to Spain seems very unlikely indeed. A move to the Premier League may well tempt Cassano and the Liverpool’s glorious history, new owners and a chance to play alongside Fernando Torres may tempt him into making the move to Merseyside.