At 32-years-young, time is running out for the boy from Bari. By now, one would be forgiven for thinking that he would have learned from his past discrepancies. Yet it seems inevitable that wherever Antonio Cassano goes, drama and controversy follow. Despite his burning natural talent, Cassano's inability to settle down, both figuratively and literally, has resulted in a nomadic career that has not lived up to its full potential.
The latest twist in the bizarre tale of FantAntonio has seen the striker terminate his contract with Parma, a whole 18 months before it was due to end. Whilst his exit was in arguably more understandable circumstances this time around, having not been paid for six months, it remains an exit in acrimonious circumstances that brings back memories of how previous spells with high profile clubs such as Roma, Real Madrid, Milan and Inter ended. Cassano had previously looked like he was taking his shot at redemption with Parma, but he now finds himself on the lookout for a new employer.
Curiously, three of his aforementioned former clubs could yet re-sign the free agent, with Inter in particular apparently keen on reacquainting themselves with the troublesome forward. Whilst they could do w赌场注册网址ith a striker to replace the departing Dani Osvaldo, it seems unlikely that he would want to return. It would also contradict Erick Thohir's plans of reducing the average age of the squad, and provide them with an unnecessarily high wage to pay, despite Cassano's reputed offer to Roma.
The former Giallorosso reportedly put forward his services to the capital club, with La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming that he was willing to accept a reduced salary of €500,000 until the end of the season, only to be rebuked by the Lupi. Milan could yet swoop for the free agent should their deal with Roma for Mattia Destro fail to be completed, whilst the player himself has already ruled out a Sampdoria return in the near future.
Whenever Cassano has been available throughout his career, one name that always pops up is that of Serie A leaders Juventus. The Bianconeri remain as the one 'big' clubs that he is yet to play for in Italy's top flight, and Coach Massimiliano Allegri did not dismiss a move for the striker: “He was important at Milan when we won the Scudetto, but I'd prefer to talk about the players I've got available. We can talk about those who arrive when they get here.
“If there is the possibility to sign another forward, then we are on the lookout. The club is prepared.”
Whilst Juventus may not wish to trouble themselves with Cassano's potential antics, a player of his quality would undoubtedly be beneficial as they continue to fight on four fronts. Historically however, Cassano has failed to settle at a 'big' club, instead enjhg棋牌平台oying his best spells at Bari, Sampdoria and with 捕鱼平台the Ducali. A return to his boyhood club remains an option, and should he return to rescue the Serie B side from impending relegation, he would perhaps finally receive the adulation he has always craved.
There are reports that even Napoli are in the hunt and are supposedly favoured by Cassano, but again this would likely not end well as a clash with Rafa Benitez would surely be inevitable.
In typical dramatic fashion, Cassano has even claimed that he could hang up his boots for good. Should he do so it would be of little surprise from a player who has made a career out of being a prima donna. Yet to overcome a career threatening heart defect and return to action, arguably in better form then when he left it, it would seem such a waste to throw it all away too soon.
As a free agent, he is in no rush to make a hasty decision. Bari would provide a setting to cement his legend and complete his story full circle, but knowing FantAntonio, he may just continue to seek fortune and fame in all the wrong places.