Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Handanović almost joined Barcelona

In the light of Barcelona playing their Champions League game on Wednesday away to Inter Milan, Marca have reported that Inter’s Samir Handanović came close to moving to Camp Nou in the summer of 2013.

At the time, Victor Valdes was the one standing regularly between the posts for the Catalan club, but he had announced his departure would come at the end of 2013/14 and they needed to find a suitable replacement. They were willing to pay up to €23million for Handanović who was 29 years old, but Inter president Massimo Moratti stepped in and blocked the move. He spoke very determinedly when he confirmed the goalkeeper would be staying.

Barcelona ended up signing Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen, and as Pep Guardiola took Bravo to Manchester City in 2016, the German remains the Blaugrana’s first-choice shot-stopper to this day. However, things could have turned out differently had Inter been willing to do business five years ago.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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