Milan confirm Cassano set to sign
AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano will be joining the club this week.
Cassano has reportedly been fired from Samp over a row with the club president, Riccardo Garrone, and will join the Rossoneri in order to start training with them at a winter camp in Dubai on Dec 27.
Berlusconi is pleased to be adding the 28-year-old striker to his squad, but also expressed his disappointment at the recent performances of Brazilian midfielder Ronaldinho.
"Yes. We will be signing Cassano. I am also very happy with how the side are playing,'' Berlusconi confirmed to Adnkronos.
"It is a shame for Ronaldinho," he added. "At the moment, he has not been playing well or training as well as he can."
Cassano has reportedly accepted a reduction of his current contract of €2.8 million per year and is set sign for Milan until 2014. However, he will be forced to pay some of the €5 million that has to be paid to his former club Real Madrid due to a clause in his current deal.
Meanwhile, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has congratulated Milan over their transfer swoop. "Cassano is an excellent buy for Milan," he said. "I would give [Milan Vice-President Adriano] Galliani 10 out of 10 because he is performing miracles.''