Milan open Cassano talks
AC Milan have started talks with Sampdoria over a deal to sign striker Antonio Cassano in January.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 17/12/10 9:16pm
AC Milan have started talks with Sampdoria over a deal to sign striker Antonio Cassano in the January transfer window.
Cassano has been involved in a contract dispute with Sampdoria and has seen his wages reduced by 50 per cent as a result of the row.
He is also currently suspended following his bad behaviour back in October, but looks likely to leave Sampdoria next month.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed the club want Cassano as a replacement for the injured Filippo Inzaghi, although a stumbling block could be the money Samp would owe the 28-year-old's former club Real Madrid.
Wait and see
Galliani said to Sky Sport Italia: "Cassano would be a substitute for Inzaghi although he would have completely different characteristics.
"In any case it is not a done deal as some have already stated.
"We will have to wait and see what Samp's demands are and get an agreement with the player.
"Moreover, we need to understand who will pay the millions demanded by Real Madrid, which certainly will not be paid by Milan."
Sampdoria are supposed to pay Madrid - Cassano's former club - a figure of 5million euros (£4.2m) if they sell the player prior to his contract expiring on June 2013.
Cassano was dropped from Sampdoria's squad back in October following a heated argument with president Riccardo Garrone and the club attempted to rescind his contract for insubordination but were unsuccessful.