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Parma President Stefano Tanzi has confirmed that there will be no new buys this season, but some big name sales are planned.


“We won’t be making any more important buys on the transfer market,” commented Tanzi as the 2002-03 season ticket sales began.


“The team that you see today is essentially the one that will start the season. There could be some notable departures, just as there could not.”


The main candidates for a move away from the Stadio Tardini are Fabio Cannavaro, Marco Di Vaio and Hidetoshi Nakata.


The Japanese international was one of two Parma stars – Brazil’s Junior was the other – who have scored during the 2002 World Cup.


“This proves that we do choose the best possible players,” added the President, “and we are pleased to see our men do well.”


Cannavaro has been on the departure list for some time, but interested parties Juventus, Milan and Lazio have so far failed to find the £25m required.


Roma have now dived back into the bidding war. This club had been in pole position for the 29-year-old last season, but pulled out at the last minute when Parma changed their terms.


The Giallorossi are staging another assault on the Italian international with an offer of £19m cash plus the loan of teenage prodigy Antonio Cassano or Marcos Assuncao.


Meanwhile, Parma are already planning on how to replace their captain in central defence. The main candidate appears to be veteran Alessandro Costacurta.


Commonly known as ‘Billy’, the 36-year-old has not yet renewed his contract with Milan. It is increasingly likely that after 15 years in a Rossoneri shirt – in which he won six Italian titles and three European Cups – Costacurta will move on.


The former Italian international is also a target for Franco Baresi’s Fulham, but former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi also holds sway as the director of sport for Parma.



It seems to me that Cragnotti wants to sign Cannavaro for £25m using the £37m he would receive from Nesta's sale.
 
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