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Wednesday August 22 2012
Cassano-Pazzini – a needless swap

As Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini switch sides at San Siro, Antonio Labbate questions whether the deal was really necessary.

Saturday’s front page of the Gazzetta dello Sport summed it up perfectly. A ‘crazy idea’ they headlined when discussing a possible swap deal which would see Antonio Cassano move to Inter and Giampaolo Pazzini to Milan. Less than a week later and, with the transfers now official, it’s still verging on madness.

Cassano’s decision to hand in a transfer request is the latest own goal in a career which has never reached the heights it should have done. He obviously has his reasons for wanting to leave the Diavolo, but the club’s economic crisis which led to the high profile sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered him an opportunity to finally step up – at the age of 30 – and make the difference for a giant of the European game this term.

Boss Massimiliano Allegri may not have had Cassano at the forefront of his plans this season, but tactical decisions made in August are always subject to change. It would have been up to Cassano to prove his worth in training instead of turning his back on a club who, let us not forget, kept his Euro 2012 dream alive after his stroke last autumn.

Tactically too, Milan are probably a better home for the Bari-native when you consider what Andrea Stramaccioni has at his disposal already across the city. With Wesley Sneijder and €10.5m Rodrigo Palacio, as well as the highly promising Philippe Coutinho, is Cassano really needed on the black and blue side of San Siro?

There are similar concerns about Pazzini’s suitability for Milan. Sure, they are missing a striker after Ibrahimovic joined Paris Saint-Germain, but the Italian international is a player who primarily thrives on crosses and Milan don’t really play that way. They haven’t for some time. One also doubts whether he can co-exist alongside Alexandre Pato, a player who Allegri is clearly counting on in 2012-13.

Replacing Ibra, especially in the current economic climate, may be impossible, but Pazzini is coming off a disastrous year which saw him net just five goals in 33 top flight games last time around. It’s hardly an enticing calling card for fans who have seen a host of their legendary players leave and two of the League’s best players sacrificed.

The economic aspect of the deal is also worthy of a raised eyebrow. Milan’s decision to willingly hand over around €7m to Inter to complete the move is hugely dubious. Pazzini is two years younger than Cassano and was contracted to Inter until 2015, while Cassano’s deal expired in 2014, but the financial package negotiated seems too heavily tilted in Inter’s favour. During a summer where Milan have been punished for loose spending in the past, it’s a surprise that they agreed to such terms.

While totally unexpected before the weekend, the reality is that this transfer is unimaginative and one of convenience in these problematic thrifty times. In a nutshell, one player wanted to leave and the other was placed on the transfer list. Only time will tell whether there will be any big winners in this affair, but there is an argument that Cassano would have been better off staying with Milan and Inter would have been wiser to give Pazzini another chance in the vice-Diego Milito role. 

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Have your say...
Cassano is an Ingrate and I believe nemesis will definitely catch up with this season.he is atype that always want convenience all time which sometimes chalenges make u greater than what u hope for. I love the swarp though somehow confusing. Forza Milan
on the 11th September, 2012 at 2:05pm
Considering the fee, I wonder if this is one of those 'creative accounts' deals that the two Milan clubs have done in the past..

Otherwise the deal literally makes no sense.
on the 27th August, 2012 at 4:34am
@BOSS

Black holes are still a myth and no empirical research behind hence it might aswell by astrology which is also a bunch of crap. So you belive that the team with thd current most trophies will be a has been time in 10 years equalent to Ajax?
You realize that sounds rather stupid, you get that right?
Im replying to your post because pf the absurd content you so gladly share..
on the 26th August, 2012 at 3:00pm
@Viktoria - My comment is regarding the topic which i feel contributes to a more serous problem overall which is the decline of Italian football. You keep saying i add no value yet you continue to respond, showin. You would do well to learn the distinction between astrology and physics. I do not want to see Italian football be sucked into a hole but i am a realist and can only comment on what i see before me. In 10 years time i think teams like Ac Milan will be like the Ajax of today, has beens.
on the 26th August, 2012 at 1:30pm
@Boss

Like said, add no value what so ever. How bout we stick to the topic and the wr can discuss black holes and astrology. Why would you even want Italian teams ti get"sucked up in a hole".
on the 24th August, 2012 at 2:28pm
Ok Inter have signed some good players but lets have a look, Handanovic a very good Goalkeeper but hes pushing out Júlio César who in my opinion is better,Guarin, Gargano to great signings but Gargano is on loan,Palacio , Cassano and Silvestre(on loan as well) are again great signings but there all 30 odd which isn't great and Pereira is a good replacement for Maicon and i just hope Jonathan gets more chances. But what about Gaby Mudingayi great signing there. Andrea Poli is better than him.
on the 24th August, 2012 at 12:48pm
@donato - well done for confirming what i have ben saying on this website for some time, that Italian football is dying. The Italian teams are now the equivalent of teams like Porto, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon etc. Teams like Barcelona would rather face Ac Milan rather then someone like Benfica, as it is easier for them. They do not need Arab investors, they just need a brain and some talent i.e you have the chance to swap Pato for Tevez and you do not take it? sums up Italian football, washed up
on the 24th August, 2012 at 12:26pm
@Donato13

"and Inter haven't done much better"

Say what?

Handanovic, Silvestre, Pereira, Guarin, Gargano, Palacio and Cassano are all players that would enter Milan's starting eleven
on the 24th August, 2012 at 8:52am
I think AC Milan have brought terribly and Inter haven't done much better and im worry about how all of Serie A have brought, im sorry to say but i think we need some arabs to start investing in our clubs so we can compete with Europe or start setting up our youth teams like Barcelona, because at the moment were not doing very well and i dont think AC Milan and Udinese and will do any good in the champions league, and at the moment I think European teams just see us as a market to buy players.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 10:12pm
@Viktoria - i see you have crawled back out of your hole. Viktoria i will guarantee you Milan do not finish in the top 3. They are a dying star i am just waiting for the black hole to suddenly open up and suck the rest of Italian football into it. Cassano at 30 is better then Pazzini in his prime, the guy is absolute garbage. I think Galliani has honestly bumped his head and Berla has gone senile. Now Viktoria get back to your hole
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 5:20pm
This is a small risk big reward deal for Inter. They get rid of Pazzini who was not in there plans, and bring in Cassano. Who if he regains his form, is one of the best in the Serie A. However he is also a self centered player who when the times get rough shows his true colours. When that time comes Inter got $7million from Milan to send him packing. Either way Juve comes out on top this season with Inter being their main rivals. Milan will be fighting for a Champions league spot.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 1:52pm
... (part 2): AND cash in BIG TIME for a totally out-of-form player. It's quite obvious that Pazzini is a one-dimensional box poacher, while Cassano is a genious gamechanger! Most of the fans would have been happy with a straight swap, but it's really incredible how we managed to trick milan in paying us SO MUCH lol. SO it's a WIN-WIN situation for both INTER & Cassano, I don't see how it could be a needless transfer!!! Cassano is italian, has huge Serie A experience and will enjoy SUCCESS.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 9:57am
I question your knowledge of INTER`s situation if you can write such stuff. It was not about INTER not wanting to give Pazzini the vice-Milito role [just like until now], but it was Pazzini who wanted to be a starter. In Strama's tactics this was not possible, so he was seeking another environment.

Personally I consider this "IL COLPO DI MERCATO" because not only we got rid of a player we didn't need [and had a long and big contract], but we managed to bring HOME Peter Pan (end of part 1)
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 9:53am
So basically you're saying that Pazzini should stay at a club that didn't name him for the Europa League & practically excluded him from training? So he can fight to be a BACK-UP player? We're talking about a striker who's scored at international level, in the champions league. Until last season he was on the end of several prolific seasons. One barren spell & all of a sudden he's written off. Milito won the bidone d'oro a year ago yet he's still a champion. Foreign bias in Serie A is sickening.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 9:30am
Inter are still going through a cycle we will b back Cassano is a great signing! I honestly mean it pazzini will b bk he is a top player I know it's jus wrong time wrong place coz he will make Milan great! Juve da team to beat
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 8:33am
kkkk I'm so glad for Cassano and 7million welcome Cassano to Nera Azuri!!!!
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 8:19am
cassano is a traitor, he is treating milan like ronaldo treated inter. given his consistent poor physical form, his career will not probably last much longer.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 8:07am
I totally agree with Antonio Labbate's editorial. The deal makes no sense at all, whichever way you look at it. Great piece of journalism.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 8:07am
needless swap? I wouldnt say that, Pazzini was not in the plans of Stramma and Cassano wanted to leave so I guess it made sense to do something like this.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 7:36am
I still think he's a great player, but I've lost of respect for Cassano as a man. He has showed no loyalty to a team that gave him a chance after Samp dumped him and no loyalty to a team that helped him come through the biggest ordeal in his life due to his heart problems!

I think/hope Pazzani can now show his potential at a much better club but I can't help think that Inter have done the better business by being £7 million richer.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 7:18am
Anyone who thinks this is a bad deal for Inter, is simply misguided and need not speak. Cassano is much, much better than Pazzo. Lets be honest, Pazzini is what he is at age 28, average at best. And Inter got $7MM on top. Please stop saying this makes no sense for Inter, Sneijder and Cassano on the field together can be lethal. I keep reading comments on Cassano's pace, did that stop him in the Euro's when he was 75%? C'mon milanisti, don't hate .. your owners have lost the plot.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 1:11am
Phew I agree that if Milan sticks with these players Seria B is not far away. No more Cassano, Ibra, Silva, Nesta, Gatttuso, Inzaghi, Seedorf, Pirlo, Zambrotta, etc. Inter with Cassano will be back in the race with Juve and Roma. Pazzini as someone said is another Gilardino a statue waiting for crosses. What really shocks me is adding 7 million by Milan. inter should have paid the 7 million.
on the 23rd August, 2012 at 12:30am
The nay sayers will be eating their words. The same people who wrote juventus off at the start of last season, the people who gave Chelsea no hope and the same negative people who didn't see Italy progressing from the group stages.
Milan have git rid of a player that didn't want to be there and jas shown his own selfish colours.
They have gained a player who wants to prove his worth and will be just like Pirlo, Seedorf etc and be the better player at Milan.
Forza Rossoneri!
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 7:46pm
At last Cassano arrives at Inter , he is a Interista since he was a boy , welcome home Cassano - Forza Inter !!!
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 7:44pm
Ok now I am really annoyed. Pato is injured again (why Milan did not take the money when PSG offered!) and Milan have signed Zé Eduardo who according to Wikipedia has scored 12 competitive goals in 8 seasons. What exactly is the point of this signing? This is just a complete waste of time and money. Like re-signing Ba! 
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 7:35pm
@BOSS

By now havent you realized your post adds absolutely no value?
We have some top notch players and im not worried the slightest. In fact ill bet you acm will end up top 3. Easily. Abate, zapata, noccerino, monty, boa, urby, robinho, pato, shaarway, pazzini. Now let the adults speak and you can go back to 9th grade math studies.

Curva Sud for life
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 6:58pm
Milan is aiming for Serie B.

Pazzini is already finished. He won't be effective at all.

It reminds me when Milan bought Gilardino and how an example of a flop was.

Milan and Inter will finish in Europe League spots.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 6:21pm
I think it's a good deal for Milan. If Pazzini is given a chance he could easily be a 20-goal a season striker. Cassano is past his best and doesn't have the pace anymore. Also I don't really see how he fits into Inter's team. I think Milan will surprise a lot of people this season, they still have some very good players.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 6:17pm
haha OMG milan are so pathetic, it is actually embarrassing. I have never seen a team regress so much in my life. What is the point of Milan getting to the champions league the idiots they just waste a space give it to a team that actually wants it like Roma. Milan fans must be furious your team is broke, your president always lies to you and gives you false hope. Lol one minute they want to sign Tevez, next they are selling Ibra, Thiago and Cassano.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 5:58pm
Great deal for Inter - they got rid of dead weight and got paid for it. Well done.
on the 22nd August, 2012 at 5:49pm

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