Inter transfers: Which players could be signed to replace Handanovic and Man Utd’s Onana?

Inter have lost Andre Onana to Manchester United and Samir Handanovic has also left, so now they need to decide who will be first and second choice between the sticks when the 2023/24 season begins.

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For Inter in 2022/23, it is difficult to name a more instrumental and more important player than Andre Onana. He has since moved on to Manchester United in the Premier League, but on several occasions, the Cameroonian shot-stopper proved to be one of the best in the world between the sticks.

The 27-year-old seemed the perfect goalkeeper for Simone Inazghi and his desire to build from the back. That is the primary reason why Erik ten Hag wanted him at Man United.

His part in Inter’s 2023 Champions League run broke the record for most clean sheets kept in a single tournament, keeping eight clean sheets in 13 games played.

Inter’s well-reported financial issues meant that it was likely one of their stars would depart over the course of the 2023 summer transfer window, and Onana’s sale rose up to €55 million. With him and Samir Handanovic now gone, La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported which goalkeepers the Nerazzurri are looking at bringing in.

Inter’s goalkeeping targets

Yann Sommer – Bayern Munich

Yann Sommer in action for Bayern Munich. [Getty]

The first on this list is Yann Sommer, the Swiss goalkeeper has been one of the standouts in his position for several years now, which earned him a move to Bayern Munich in the 2023 January transfer window. Yet, this was only a short-term deal to compensate for the injury to Manuel Neuer.

The deal is reliant on Bayern replacing Sommer soon, though the club have been in talks to sign Georgian goalkeeper, Giorgi Mamardashvili from Valencia. Sommer is pushing for the move though, and given Bayern’s directors see his position in the squad as finished, he should be moved on.

For Inter, the initial transfer fee would be low, an ideal in this situation. Additionally, the goalkeeper would only demand €4 million annually as opposed to his current €6m wage with the German champions.

He is seen as the perfect keeper for the long-term project for the Nerazzurri, he has the experience and ability to do well for a few years in Milan, but he also offers the perfect transitional stepping stone for the club to a younger keeper over the course of the next few years. Sommer is currently 34 years old.

Keylor Navas – Paris Saint Germain

PSG’s Keylor Navas. [@PSG_English]

Similarly to Sommer, Keylor Navas is seen as surplus to requirements at his current club. His high wage demands and age mean that the Parisian club are wanting to offload the Costa Rican this summer.

After his spell at Nottingham Forest in the second half of the 22/23 Premier League season, he will definitely have suitors, playing a vital part in Forest’s survival.

For the Nerazzurri though, financial obstacles seemingly have put them off. Whilst there is the knowledge of his ability, and his age (36) isn’t an issue, his current wage of €9m per year means he would have to more than halve his salary in order to move to Inter, something that the player is likely unwilling to do.

Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris in action for Tottenham Hotspur. [Getty]

The first signing that new manager Ange Postecoglu made at Tottenham Hotspur was a new goalkeeper, and for Hugo Lloris, it seems as though the writing is on the wall.

Much like the previous names on this list, he is an ageing player at 36 years old, though he is also still a very competent goalkeeper.

Spurs would let Lloris move for a minimal fee, but again, wage demands will cause a stumbling block in negotiations. His current deal in North London is worth €6m per year, a figure Inter will not pay.

However, with the Frenchman turning down two contract offers from Saudi Arabian clubs due to wanting to compete at the highest level, Inter may be able to use this as leverage for a deal to take place.

David De Gea – Free Agent (Formerly Manchester United)

The David De Gea saga seemed to last months, with fans of Manchester United consistently berating the Spaniard for his performances. There was a desire for the club to sign a more modern goalkeeper, which is what they have done with Onana.

Inter have shown interest in De Gea, according to English tabloids, yet this seems somewhat farfetched, again due to wage demands. De Gea isn’t insistent on continuing to play at the top level, and many teams from Saudi Arabia are interested.

The Madrid-born shot-stopper received €15m per year during his time at the Red Devils, Inter would be willing to pay €5m but still view that as excessive for a goalkeeper turning 33 soon.

Anatoliy Trubin – Shakhtar Donetsk

For Inter, the solid option is Yann Sommer, but their favourite candidate is Anatoliy Trubin. The 21-year-old offers exactly what the club want in the next long-term goalkeeper.

Trubin first gained suitors for his performances in the U20 European Championships in 2022 before becoming Ukraine’s starting goalkeeper in the senior team.

Inter are infatuated with him, though the €30m fee is enough to put any club off given he only has 12 months left on his current contract.

This deal seemed inevitable a couple of weeks ago but Inter seem to be exploring other options in the meantime.

Emil Audero – Sampdoria

Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero. (@sampdoria)

Emil Audero’s name is the newest to come into talks, though this would be due to the role that he would play. For the relegated Sampdoria man, he would be seen as a back-up to whoever Inter bring in. However, at just 26 years old, there is still room to develop.

The feeling is that Audero would be a very capable backup goalkeeper for Inter as he would not command huge wages and is young enough that he could take over from the likes of Yann Sommer or Hugo Lloris in a couple of years’ time.

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