Manchester United have enquired about the availability of Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, according to reports in Italy.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper was close to signing a contract extension with the San Siro side but has been swayed by the prospect of joining United. He will now reportedly wait to see if Louis van Gaal makes an offer for him.
With only one year left on his contract with the Nerazzurri, he is likely to be available at a reduced price of around £15 million, to avoid him leaving the Italian side for free next summer.
It will come as a surprise for United fans, who will have been expecting either Chelsea stopper Petr Cech or Champions League chasing Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris to fill the gap left by David de Gea’s increasingly likely departure.
But with Cech wanting to remain in London and Lloris being coy over a move away, neither move is a certainty for van Gaal’s side.
A move for the Slovenian could ensure that if his preferred targets aren’t available, he isn’t left without experience.
Besides, the giant shot stopper has good pedigree, having fought off the wealth of goalkeeping talent in the Serie A to twice be named in the league’s team of the season.
Penalty saving king
The transfer could be similar to that of Edwin van der Sar who joined United in 2005. He was in his mid-thirties and went on to play for six years becoming one of the finest goalkeepers of the Ferguson era second only perhaps to Peter Schmeichel.
If that hasn’t convinced the fans at Old Trafford, it is worth adding that his penalty saving record is possibly the best in the world, with his best tally coming in 2010-11 when he stopped six penalties.
Surely, this makes him at the very least one of the best cup ‘keepers in the game and could possibly help guide United to their first trophy in two seasons.