The two Italian internationals have officially changed looker-rooms…
Striker Antonio Cassano has completed his switch from Milan to Inter Milan in a deal which sends former Sampdoria teammate Giampaolo Pazzini the other way. Both clubs announced the news on their websites Wednesday, with Inter adding that Cassano has signed a two-year contract.
It is believed that Milan have paid Inter a fee in the region of €7 million as part of the deal, which came to pass after Cassano had grown disenchanted with the club after seeing the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva depart. The Bari born striker will wear his usual No. 99 jersey at Inter, says “finally, after an eternity, I have arrived at the club I support.” Meanwhile the new Milan arrival will take on Ibrahimovic’s former shirt, No. 11.
Pazzini and Cassano are both training with their new teams ahead of the start of the Serie A campaign with Inter opening the season at Pescara while Milan entertains Sampdoria.
The 28-year-old’s new team-mate, and long-term friend, Riccardo Montolivo was full of praise on Tuesday for his side’s capture of the striker.
“As a person he is splendid and we have been friends for many years,” he told Milan Channel. “Together we won the Coppa Italia Primavera with the Atalanta youth team, playing together for that club, at Fiorentina, in the Under-21 Italy side and for la Nazionale.
“It’s wonderful to meet up here, at the club with the most trophies in the world, especially as I feel our squad is missing a player exactly like him.”