Lazio president Claudio Lotito made contact with Real Madrid directors yesterday before their clash with Roma.

Lotito is convinced Antonio Cassano wants to return to Rome and registered his interest in the on-loan Sampdoria striker with Real during their visit to the capital, says Corriere dello Sport.

While Samp continue to complain about the financial outlay needed to secure Cassano, Lotito has made it clear to Real he would have no problem meeting their £3.75 million asking price.