Italian Media Report Inter Cautious About Extending Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic Contract With 3 Replacements Identified

Italian Media Report Inter Cautious About Extending Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic Contract With 3 Replacements Identified
November 20, 2022 21:30
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Inter are unlikely to retain back-up goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as he enters the final months of his contract, with alternatives being sounded out.

According to FCInterNews.it, the Slovenian custodian may be released by Inter when his contract runs out in June, having fallen out of favour to summer signing Andre Onana under coach Simone Inzaghi this season.

Indeed, it is thought that if Handanovic receives an approach from a team that can offer him regular first team football, he will end his stint with Inter after 11 years, particularly as he will turn 39 in July.

With Handanovic likely to leave, the Nerazzurri have already considered potential replacements, with low cost options who have experience in Serie A the priority.

Top of the list is Monza’s Alessio Cragno, with the summer signing from Cagliari unhappy to have fallen behind Gregorio Di Michele in the pecking order, though he would be willing to play as a back-up for a big team.

Inter may instead swoop for Fiorentina loanee Pierluigi Gollini, who is not expected to remain with the Viola next season but is not required by parent club Atalanta.

Finally, the Nerazzurri may consider Torino’s Etrit Berisha after he failed to usurp Vanja Milinkovic-Savic and is looking for a way out. Like Cragno, he would be willing to accept a role as back-up at a team in Champions League contention.

By Suhayl Al-Sammari