GIAMPAOLO PAZZINI is a new Milan player, joining from Inter with Antonio Cassano going the other way.
It is now official – the swap has been completed and the contracts have been signed: Pazzini joins Milan from Inter, in exchange for Cassano who asked the Rossoneri management to sell him this summer.
Everything has been set for over than 24 hours but only now (Wednesday noon) the official announcement came and the two players have already trained with their new clubs, and with their new teammates.
The basis of this transfer is a part-exchange with Milan also giving Inter €7 million (other sources claim €7.5 million) for Giampaolo Pazzini. Both players were unhappy at their teams and Fantantonio asked to be transferred. Cassano has always been a fan of Inter and like Pazzini, he’s happy to be changing sides.
Pazzini gives Milan what they needed: a strong number 9 striker. The 28-year-old (younger than Cassano in two years) will be wearing Milan’s number 11 jersey which had been worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for two seasons, before the Swede giant moved to Paris Saint-Germain along with Thiago Silva in a deal that got into Milan’s coffers about €62 million. Pazzini has already trained with Milan in training complex Milanello.
Giampaolo is likely to debut on Sunday against Sampdoria. Pazzini is the 7th purchase this summer after Riccardo Montolivo, Bakaye Traoré, Kevin Constant, Francesco Acerbi, Gabriel and Cristian Zapata.
Benvenutto Pazzini, welcome to Milan!