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Parma confirm Cannavaro transfer Tuesday 14 May, 2002


Parma President Stefano Tanzi has confirmed that Fabio Cannavaro has handed in a transfer request.

“Cannavaro has asked to leave the club,” commented Tanzi, “but we have not received offers yet.”

The defender, currently at Coverciano with the Italy squad, is one of the hottest properties on the transfer market this summer.

Juventus and Milan have been the most consistently mentioned clubs with regards to the former Napoli man.

The press claims that the Bianconeri have bid cash plus Fabrizio Miccoli and Enzo Maresca, while the San Siro side have proffered Massimo Donati and money for a total £33m.

"I just hope the issue is sorted out before the World Cup," explained Cannavaro.

It is now suggested that Parma are planning a swoop for Antonio Carlos Zago as a replacement for Cannavaro. The Brazilian’s contract with Roma expired this summer.

Meanwhile, President Tanzi also revealed other details regarding their revamp. “We will create a team that is able to reach UEFA Cup spots. Sixth place in Serie A is our objective from next season.”

Johann Micoud will be sold to either Schalke 04 or Bayer Leverkusen, while Marco Di Vaio remains a target for Lazio. “We’ll meet with Di Vaio on Wednesday,” revealed Tanzi.

There will also be a new Coach and although the situation is not yet official, it’s believed that ex-Venezia tactician Claudio Cesare Prandelli will take over.

“There have been frequent meetings with Prandelli,” admitted the patron, “and the situation is sorting itself out.”

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Juve now look the more likely candidates for Cannavaro's signiture (Allsport)
05/16/2002. Negotiations to take Parma defender Fabio Cannavaro to Milan have hit significant problems, according to Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani.

Milan had apparently overtaken Juventus in the race to sign the Italian international, but Galliani's latest words would suggest that a move to Juve may now be more realistic.

"Talks for Cannavaro are languishing and I think that market values need to decrease quickly," said Galliani. "It is out of the question to spend £35-40 million between wages and side costs on a player."

Cannavaro, though, is certain to leave Parma but exactly where he'll be playing his football next season remains unclear.

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