Tottenham Hotspur had a relatively quiet summer transfer window until the deadline day when they made a splash, with exceptional picks. Overall, it was a very satisfactory transfer window for the club and it could only have been better had they signed Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, as reported by FC Inter News.
Mauricio Pochettino was looking for a quality backup option for his first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris throughout the summer. Although Michel Vorm is a quality option, he could move out of the club soon after failing to usurp Lloris for many years now.
The Argentine manager was aware of the need to strengthen his squad and signed Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton in the summer as his third-choice goal keeper. Gazzaniga is not expected to be a competition for Lloris, which means if Vorm leaves the club, it could be a tricky situation for the Lilywhites.
That probably explains why the club was interested in looking at Handanovic as a backup for the Frenchman Lloris although the Frenchman has a contract at Tottenham until the summer of 2022. But, would Handanovic have joined the club?
The Slovenian international is a very experienced keeper, both at the club and international level. He has featured 208 times for Inter while being capped 81 times for his country.
Handanovic is a cult-hero at the San Siro. It would be very unlikely that he would move to Tottenham and be a second-choice behind Lloris.
However, adding him to the ranks would have been very interesting for Pochettino, who would have surely been happy with his squad he had Samir joined. Handanovic joined Inter from Udinese in 2012 and has been one of the standout performers in the Serie A.
There are concerns that his contract situation gives hope for Spurs, as Handanovic’s current deal expires in 2019. At 33-years of age, any further extension with Inter or a move abroad will possibly represent the last stop for the Slovenian.
Could he have joined Spurs? Maybe if Lloris had left, but that isn’t the case now and Lloris looks committed to our club.