Serie A giants Inter Milan must ensure they keep goalkeeper Samir Handanovic at the San Siro amid interest from Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Slovenian international has made 27 appearances for club and country so far but with Inter struggling to build momentum under Roberto Mancini, could soon be pushed towards the exit door.
He was consistently linked with a move to Roma last month but he remains one of the few players in Mancini’s squad that performs on a regular basis, and his displays should be enough evidence for the Italian to keep him.
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool have failed to hit the heights of last year and face a huge battle to secure Champions League football at Anfield given the impressive form of United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Though they obviously miss Luis Suarez following the Uruguayan’s big-money summer move to La Liga titans Barcelona, their problems in the goalkeeping department have been identified as a major factor behind their erratic form.
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Simon Mignolet was brought to Merseyside from Sunderland last summer to replace now-Bayern Munich goalkeeper Pepe Reina, but despite the players around him excelling failed to provide the same solidarity as Joe Hart and Petr Cech, who were marvellous for Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Belgian’s form has also declined drastically this term, and he was briefly dropped from the side back in December after one error too many prompted Rodgers to replace him with Welshman Brad Jones.
However neither Mignolet nor Jones look the answer for the long term, which could prompt the club hierarchy to bring in Handanovic to solve their goalkeeping nightmare.
Such uncertainty surrounding the future of star player David De Gea has now reportedly convinced Louis van Gaal to begin to plan life at Old Trafford without the wonderful Spaniard.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, confirmed earlier this week that his client will sign a new deal at the club, but it could just be a shrewd move which allows United to remand a huge transfer fee from a very interested Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid.
Victor Valdes arrived on a free transfer last month, but the ex-Barcelona goalkeeper has only recently returned from injury and is still yet to start a game for his new employers. Ben Amos and Anders Lindegaard meanwhile look increasingly unlikely to ever make the grade, which will likely lead to Van Gaal offloading the duo when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
Inter have struggled for lift-off under Mancini and the chances of them finishing in the Champions League ahead of the likes of Napoli, Sampdoria, AC Milan and Lazio are appearing more unlikely by the week.
They have made big strides in the transfer market with the captures of Xherdan Shaqiri, Lukas Podolski and David Santon, and selling Handanovic would represent a serious error of judgement given his obvious ability.
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