Inter Want Sampdoria Star Antonio Cassano As Mario Balotelli's Replacement - Report

The Nerazzurri have targeted Cassano as the replacement for Manchester City-bound Balotelli...
According to a report in Corriere dello Sport, reigning Italian champions Inter are keen to add creative attacker Antonio Cassano to their squad ahead of the start of the new season. The Italy international currently plays for Sampdoria.

The Nerazzurri are in the market for attacking reinforcements due to the imminent departure of Mario Balotelli to Manchester City and new head coach Rafa Benitez supposedly sees Cassano as the perfect replacement.

The former Roma and Bari star joined his current club from Real Madrid in the summer of 2007 and has since developed into the Blucerchiati's absolute star player. Cassano has made over 100 appearances for Sampdoria in the past three seasons and played a major role in his side's qualification for Champions League football this season.

Sampdoria are reluctant to let go of their star player and probably won't enter transfer talks until the two-legged Champions League tie with Werder Bremen. However, they could be tempted to cash in on Cassano if they fail to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

The striker's agent recently declared that Cassano would not leave Sampdoria for Inter, but it remains to be seen whether the tricky forward will be able to resist the Champions League holders' calls if they indeed make a move for him in the upcoming weeks.

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