Inter Milan could move for Keylor Navas or Yann Sommer as an experienced replacement for captain Samir Handanovic.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri are likely to say goodbye to their captain, and that they are thinking about their strategy in goal in light of this fact.
Inter look likely to be in for a revolution in goal this summer.
Most notably, Andre Onana appears to have one foot out the door, just twelve months after arriving. Man United want to push for the Cameroonian’s signature.
Should Onana be on his way, signing a like-for-like replacement will of course be a priority. Shakhtar Donetsk’s Anatoliy Trubin is the favourite in this regard.
However, it is not likely to be a simple matter of signing and replacing Onana.
Handanovic Exit Could Open The Door For Inter To Sign Navas Or Sommer
Inter captain Samir Handanovic is also currently out of contract with the Nerazzurri.
Whilst some recent reports have suggested that the Slovenian could decide to extend his stay, the Gazzetta report that it is in fact most likely that he will not sign a new deal and that this is the end of his eleven-year Inter adventure.
What this means is that Inter would have to sign a new backup keeper as well. They will not have their veteran captain around to help a new keeper like Trubin settle in as he had done with Onana last season.
Inter’s strategy, then, could be to overhaul the goalkeeping department entirely. They would aim for a signing for the long term like Trubin, and then a more safe pair of hands.
Nottingham Forest and former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain keeper Keylor Navas is one name on Inter’s shortlist. So is experienced Bayern Munich and former Borussia Monchenlgadbach man Yann Sommer.
Inter could decide that the best way to replace Onana is, in a sense, by committee.
Rather than moving for a replacement first-choice and a replacement backup, per se, the Nerazzurri may well decide to bet on a player like Navas or Sommer as a reliable option for the immediate future.
Then, they would hope to give a younger player with high potential like Trubin time to find their feet in Milan.