Manchester City are supposedly in pole position to beat their Premier League rivals to the signing of Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
The Slovenian ‘keeper has been continuously linked to the Blues since the days of Roberto Mancini, but according to calciomercatio.com, a move could finally be on the cards this summer.
The reason for this is a recent change in Handanovic’s agent. He has decided to swap current agent Federico Pastorello for Fali Ramadani, who is known to be very close to Manchester City.
Ramidani was the agent for both Stevan Jovetic and Matija Nastasic when they moved to The Etihad, and despite neither signing working out in the long run, it is said that Ramidani maintains very good relations with the club.
Handanovic, 32, is very highly-rated but has never played in the Champions League – a known ambition of his. In fact, he wanted to leave Inter last summer to play in the competition but no suitable offer was forthcoming.
Now, Handanovic may have found a route in. With Claudio Bravo already deemed not good enough, and Willy Caballero entering his late thirties, Handanovic would have a shot at regular first-team football in the Champions League.
City would have a fight on their hands if they do choose to go for Handanovic, however, with Liverpool and Chelsea both known to be admirers of the former Udinese man.