Italy Serie A — 22 August 2012

AC Milan striker Antonio Cassano and Internazionale counterpart Giampaolo Pazzini look set to trade clubs.

Both Italian internationals joined their current clubs from Sampdoria in 2010, but neither have set the world alight in Milan.

It seems that AC could pay an extra 7million euros to Inter for Pazzini’s services.


Last season was one to forget for both players. Pazzini scored just five goals in the whole of last season in a struggling Inter team, although he often started games on the bench. The number of managerial changes throughout the season didn’t help him either.

Cassano’s season was horribly interrupted by a heart scare, which kept him out for much of last season. He did make 16 appearances for the Rossoneri, scoring three goals and creating an impressive ten. He also returned to full fitness in-time to help his national team to the final of Euro 2012.


Cassano and Pazzini are two very different players. Cassano is full of skill and trickery, but Pazzini is more a fox-in-the-box type of striker. However, what isn’t in doubt is that they are both very talented at what they do.


Cassano has been acknowledged as one of the most skilful players that Italian football has produced in recent years, but his temperament has let him down in the past. This has led to him having numerous bust-ups with previously coaches at club level.

He seems to have calmed down in recent years and at the age of 30 he may have matured, but you can’t take anything for granted when you are talking about Antonio Cassano.


It seems like a strange deal for people outside the Italian football fraternity. However, the deal could be just what both players need. No doubt Pazzini is a goal scorer and a maybe a move is just what he needs to regain his best scoring form.

This move could be good for Cassano as well. The striker doesn’t seem to stay at a club very long, but is known for making good starts. A good Euro 2012 may inspire him finally to find a consistency that has sometimes been missing in his game throughout his career.

Is this swap deal a good move by the Milan clubs?


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David Nugent

David is a 29 year-old football fan and journalist, who is passionate about the beautiful game. He is a lifelong supporter of Premier League Everton and likes nothing better than a healthy discussion about the world's favourite sport.

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