Serie A - Cassano 'would be a gift to Parma'

Parma director Pietro Leonardi believes the signing of Antonio Cassano would be "a gift" as negotiations with Inter continue.

Serie A - Parma complete Cassano swoop

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Inter's Antonio Cassano (Reuters)

The talks are ongoing for Cassano and Matias Silvestre to join Parma on loan with an option to buy, plus €10m in exchange for Ishak Belfodil.

“We are fairly confident, but have to put together all the different components,” Leonardi told Mediaset Premium.

“Everyone wants to conclude the negotiations positively. We are in no rush, but hope it succeeds because we want to give Cassano to the city, a great gift for the club’s centenary.

“I consider Cassano to be an absolute talent and always wanted to work with him. I don’t think age is relevant. Just ask Udinese whether they think Antonio Di Natale is too old.”

There have been reports Genoa are making a counter-offer for Cassano, but Leonardi is doubtful.

“I haven’t heard of their interest. I doubt Inter are holding two negotiations or want to sell the same player twice.

“Both Cassano and his agent are happy to join Parma and this is why I don’t believe the rumours of Genoa’s interest are credible.”

The Ducali also confirmed defender Gabriel Paletta will not be sold this summer.

“Inter have never asked us for Paletta. We want to keep him because he is valuable for this team.”

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