With Antonio Cassano and Parma agreeing to part ways, the Bari native could be headed to several destinations
Earlier today, it was announced that Antonio Cassano and Parma were agreeing to call it quits on their relationship as both parties voluntarily agreed to terminate the player’s contract.
Parma sit at the very bottom of Italy’s top-flight, this after finishing last season in 6th. But the position of the Gialloblu isn’t the main reason why Cassano is bitter with the club. It was reported last weekend by La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Bari-born forward was angry with the club for not being paid 6 months of wages that were owed to him. When you factor in the overall state of the club and not being paid what is rightfully owed, it’s no surprise that he wanted an out.
Now that Cassano has officially terminated his contract and giving him free agent status, where could he play his next football? Here are three of the destinations he could be landing in, based on opinion:
Cassano last played for the club in 2011 with current Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini, where he played some of his best football. Poised to be a part of a winning team, perhaps Cassano would consider a reunion with the Blucerchiati, who have had a solid campaign so far, sitting in 5th place. However, with the Europa League spot currently in their grasp and the potential to maybe snag the final Champions League spot, the club may not want to add a player like Cassano especially since they have already added two attackers in Samuel Eto’o and Luis Muriel.
Antonio Cassano was born in Bari and he started in their youth system before playing full-time with the first team from 1999-2001 before departing to Roma. Being as he has played with most of the top teams in Italy throughout his career (Milan, Roma, Inter), as well as with Real Madrid, he could consider to make a return back to where it all started. At age 32, Cassano can still help a team looking to make a push for European play and being that he could be had for free, the interest of a bigger side could arrive but don’t rule out Bari as a destination.
3. Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer, where supposedly you go to retire, could be a possible landing spot. We have seen David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and most recently Steven Gerrard move to North America to finish off their careers before hanging up the cleats. Additionally, the league has seen the likes of Marco De Vaio, Alessandro Nesta and now Sebastian Giovinco bring calcio over which could appeal to Cassano who could try and link up with a club that has a strong Italian image, such as Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact. If Cassano doesn’t get the appeal from any teams in Serie A or perhaps Serie B, the MLS could call his name. Plus, we saw Giovinco get paid handsomely for moving to Toronto from Serie A’s top team, Juventus so if Cassano is open to a move here, he could earn a good amount of money while joining up with a fellow Italian.
Cassano has appeared in 19 matches for the Gialloblu, scoring five goals. Expect a lot more on possible suitors for the Italian in the final days of the mercato.