Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone remains quietly confident of signing permanently on-loan Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano.

"The important thing is that he believes in us," said Garrone. "I think he is increasingly convinced with this choice. We are willing to make a sacrifice, but it depends on how much.

"I know how the boy thinks, I have the impression that he does not decide everything on the basis of money.

"Here he is well, with his peers, with his fans, there is the Bari sea and all this will be crucial in his final thinking. However, the figures may not add up, we will have to see."