The Italian forward is close to joining Parma, but things could have been different had the Rosanero escaped the drop last term.
“Had we stayed in the top flight then I certainly would have called Cassano,” Rosanero chief Maurizio Zamparini told Mediaset Premium.
“I would have tried to sign him because he is world class.”
The almost 31-year-old Cassano only joined the Nerazzurri last summer from city rivals Milan. He scored seven goals in 28 League games for the Beneamata.
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