With David Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny’s future in doubt, Arsenal are being heavily linked with Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovich, a player they’ve been interested in previously.
Szczesny has put his Arsenal future in doubt by claiming that he learned more in Italy in six months than he did in 10 years at Arsenal. Ospina, meanwhile, is not happy at being benched for Petr Cech and will no doubt be looking for a move or assurances of more playing time, something he’s not going to get.
Signing for the Italian giants in 2012 for £9m, Handanovic, 31, has only missed eight league games during the four years he’s been with the club so it would seem odd that he would swap that for a place as a number two.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reported this week that Inter director, Piero Ausilio, was in London for talks with a number of clubs, two of whom are said to be Arsenal and Chelsea.
Chelsea are said to be interested in Handanovic after reports that Thibaut Courtois has fallen out with Cech’s mentor, goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon. Gossip surrounding the situation claims that incoming manager, Antonio Conte, has said one of them will have to leave.
Rather than signing Handanovic, Arsenal should do whatever they can to lure Lollichon across London.
That would be the best goalkeeping signing they could make.
Ausilio could also be in town to discuss another rumoured Arsenal target – Marcelo Brozovic. His agent said this weekend “Marcelo is torn on this issue. He wants to play in the Champions League, but does like Inter as a club and enjoys living in Milan.