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04/09/2002. Atalanta have emerged as the favourites to sign young Roma forward Antonio Cassano on loan for next season.

The 19-year-old was signed from Bari in the summer but has failed to hold down a regular place in the first-team after finding himself behind Francesco Totti, Vincenzo Montella Gabriel Batistuta and Marco Delvecchio in the pecking order.

It is now expected that he will be allowed to leave for a season in order to get some much needed match experience.

The Nerazzurri are hoping to tempt Roma into the move by offering long-time target Fausto Rossini who almost joined Fabio Capello's side last season.
 

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Italian duo chase Cassano Tuesday 9 April, 2002

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Empoli and Atalanta are the early favourites to take Roma sensation Antonio Cassano on loan for next season.

The 19-year-old, who made a £20m move to the capital from Bari last summer, has featured rarely for the Giallorossi this term and is set to be allowed to leave in search of regular action for the 2002/03 campaign.

Empoli are hoping to persuade the Olimpico giants to send Cassano to them next season in exchange for Under-21 striker Massimo Maccarone who is a known target for Fabio Capello’s side.

However, the Tuscan outfit’s promotion to the top flight could be in jeopardy after their doping farce.

The Serie B side could have six points deducted from their final season total which would put their promotion hopes in doubt.

That’s where the Bergamo based club are hoping to take advantage. The Nerazzurri are hoping to entice Roma to release Cassano for one season in exchange for the signing of Fausto Rossini.

The young striker was heavily linked with the Giallorossi last season but in the end was kept at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia.

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empoli is also interested in cassano??? :eek:
 

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and now, chievo is joining the chase..

Chievo enter Cassano chase Thursday 11 April, 2002

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Chievo Verona are hoping to tempt Roma into giving them Antonio Cassano on loan for next season.

The Bentegodi outfit are said to be prepared to offer Brazilian winger Eriberto who has been linked with the Olimpico side this season on a number of occasions.

Roma boss Fabio Capello is said to be looking for a new wide midfielder and the temptation to accept Chievo’s proposal could see Cassano released for the 2002/03 campaign.

The Under-21 international has rarely featured for the Giallorossi this term since his £20m summer move from Bari.

The attacking midfielder had asked to be sent on loan last January but Capello turned down his request.

Chievo are looking to reinforce their squad for the new campaign with European competition looking increasingly likely.

Cassano though is also of interest to Empoli and Atalanta.

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Cassano is a gifted player but he cant play for 90 minutes.

Capello never plays him for the entire match maybe this will change next season and Roma will have this tridente:



---------Totti--------


Montella----Cassano





Delvecchio could go to the EPL, there he can find more spaces and he could return to being the striker he used to be 3 seasons ago when he was the Italian player that scored the most goals during the season.
 
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