Sampdoria chief Marotta jetting to Madrid to finalise Cassano signing

Sampdoria chief Beppe Marotta will be in Spain this week to finalise a deal with Real Madrid over the permanent signing of Antonio Cassano.

Marotta and Cassano's agent, Beppe Bozzo, will be in Madrid in a bid to complete the capture of Cassano, who has rebuilt his career at Samp this season.

Samp must cough up £4 million to sign Cassano permanently, but still need to settle personal terms. Last season, Real paid £2 million of the striker's £2.75 million salary.

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