Handanovic would cost €80m, says Pagliuca

The Slovenia international has been linked with a move to Manchester City, but only a world record bid for a keeper will prize him away according to one former San Siro star

Former Inter goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca says the club’s current No.1 Samir Handanovic is worth €70-€80 million.

The 29-year-old has kept 14 clean sheets in 33 Serie A appearances this term and subsequently been linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester City.

However, Pagliuca believes it would take a world record bid for a keeper for the Nerazzurri to even consider parting with the Slovenia international.

“He is a player that makes the difference, of course,” Pagliuca told TuttoSport. “If a team were to offer 70 or 80 million euros then maybe they could take him, otherwise they will have to look elsewhere and find someone else.

“Handanovic’s year didn’t start so well but he recovered and is having a super season finale.

“Yes, he has made a couple of mistakes against Atalanta and Parma for example, but, no discussion is needed, his performances have been good.

“Handanovic did well last year, but also had the ghost of Julio Cesar to get rid of. After [Gianluigi] Buffon, he is the best goalkeeper in the Serie A.”

Pagliuca also added that Inter made the right decision to send 22-year-old goalkeeper Francesco Bardi out on loan.

“He has an assured future, is a great prospect and has had a good season. But he is still young and needs to play with continuity.

“I would send him out on loan again next season and would make a decision in the summer of 2015. Right now, Inter must stick with Handanovic.”

Serie A Team of the Week: Three and easy for rejuvenated Milan

The Rossoneri renaissance continued against Livorno on Easter Saturday, with three Diavolo stars making Goal’s best XI of round 34

The Easter calendar saw Juventus edge closer to a third successive title, Roma ensure Champions League group stage football in 2014-15, Inter and Milan continue their assault on Europa League places and both Sassuolo and Catania grab relegation lifelines. Just another dramatic weekend in Serie A then. And our latest Goal Team of the Week reflects just that.

Like any standard weekend in Italy, there was a Samir Handanovic penalty save to enjoy, with the Slovenian’s stop from Antonio Cassano helping Inter to beat Parma 2-0. Ahead of him, Rolando played his part too, scoring the opening goal in the win at the Tardini. Leandro Castan was much of the reason Roma overcame Fiorentina to guarantee Champions League group play, while Paolo Cannavaro had a similar effect in Sassuolo’s hugely important victory at Chievo. Meanwhile, Kevin Constant became the first of three Milan players in our XI thanks to his performance in the 3-0 victory against lowly Livorno.

Juan Iturbe was the star of Verona’s midfield as they saw off Atalanta in Bergamo, and Antonio Candreva was also on fire, scoring twice in Lazio’s dramatic 3-3 draw against Torino. Juve’s charge for 100 points was boosted by Paul Pogba‘s excellent finish against Bologna and Adel Taarabt was also on the scoresheet as Milan moved level with Parma on 51 points.

The front line has two familiar faces, with Mario Balotelli leading the way for the Rossoneri and Adem Ljajic adding to his goal against Atalanta by turning in a starring show against former club Fiorentina as Roma took a seat at European’s top table for the first time in four seasons.

Mazzarri calls for Inter to remain grounded after Parma win

The Italian coach says his side must prepare for their difficult upcoming matches against Roma, AC Milan and Lazio

Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has demanded his team refrain from getting carried away as their qualification for the Europa League next season looks certain.

The Serie A giants moved five points clear in fifth with a 2-0 win at a 10-man Parma on Saturday through second half strikes from Rolando and Fredy Guarin.

For the second match in a row, Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved a penalty, and his terrific save to deny Antonio Cassano just before the break with the score at 0-0 swung the match in his side’s favour.

Mazzarri was quick to praise the Slovenia goalkeeper afterwards, but also called on his side to keep their eyes on the prize.

“Handanovic did superbly, he prepares for penalties thoroughly,” the former Napoli boss told Inter’s official website.

“I’m pleased for Guarin, he really deserves it. I want more from this team.

“We have three tremendous games coming up against Napoli, the derby [against AC Milan] and Lazio, and then Chievo on the final day – and it’s never easy to take points off teams scrapping at the bottom.

“We have to keep concentrating on each game as it comes.”

Handanovic echoed his manager’s thoughts, adding: “The penalty was an important moment in the match.

“We won, but some very tough games are coming. Nothing’s been decided yet. We have to stay focused.”

Goalscorer Rolando said that advice from coaches and team-mates saw him play a more active role at set-pieces – something that paid dividends when he nodded in Hernanes’ 48th-minute free-kick.

Rolando told Inter Channel: “It was a tough game but we played a good game and showed we’re a team that should be playing in Europe.

“It’s the hard work in training that’s paying off. They told me to move up and I’d score, since I hadn’t done it in a while.

“I’m happy, but the important thing is finding the right way to help out the team.”

Parma 0-2 Inter: Nerazzurri see off rivals to boost Europa League hopes

Samir Handanovic provided some trademark penalty heroics as Inter edged 10-man Parma 2-0 to strengthen their grip on fifth in Serie A.

Handanovic’s reputation as a penalty expert has continued to rise since arriving at Inter in 2012, and he saved a spot-kick for the second straight game on Saturday.

The Slovenian kept out Maxi Lopez in last week’s 4-0 win over Sampdoria and he repeated the trick at Parma, tipping Antonio Cassano’s penalty onto the post on the stroke of half-time at Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Gabriel Paletta was sent off for a second yellow card in the first minute of the second half and Hernanes’ free-kick that followed was headed in by Rolando.

The defender nodded home unmarked and the goal will have done his hopes of sealing a permanent switch from Porto no harm after voicing his wish for a transfer in the game’s build-up.

Substitute Fredy Guarin wrapped up the points with a late long-range stunner as Inter moved five points clear of the Parma in the race for Europa League qualification.

Cassano, returning from an ankle injury, was tenacious in front of the onlooking Italy boss Cesare Prandelli, forcing a superb save from Handanovic before shooting wide with his left foot after Cristian Molinaro had surged down the left wing.

Inter gradually worked themselves into the game and Mauro Icardi should have opened the scoring, only to put his free header into the side netting after Hernanes’ corner.

Rodrigo Palacio then had a fierce volley tipped over by Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante and he continued to impress, keeping out a 20-yard effort from Esteban Cambiasso.

The flashpoint of the first half would come with just three minutes left, as a heavy first touch saw Walter Samuel, already booked in the sixth minute, bring down Marco Parolo in the penalty area.

Handanovic was Inter’s hero again though, tipping Cassano’s penalty onto the post, and Raffaele Palladino could only turn the rebound wide.

And there was still time for Inter to be denied by the woodwork as well, as Cambiasso, following up a blocked shot, struck a wicked left-foot effort from outside the area that hit the inside of the post and then Mirante’s legs, leaving the veteran perplexed as the ball snuck out for a corner.

The visitors’ hopes of mounting a comeback were dashed as Paletta received his second yellow card for a lunge on Palacio in the 46th minute, and Inter took the lead from the resulting free-kick.

Slack marking from the Parma defence allowed Rolando, free at the back post, the simple task of heading Hernanes’ ball back across the face of goal and in.

The woodwork would again keep out both sides, with Hernanes hitting the outside of the post with a free-kick before Parma’s Alessandro Lucarelli – who powerfully rose above Samuel and Rolando – saw his header thud into the bar.

Parma kept pressing, as Parolo volleyed over, but Inter’s numerical advantage would eventually make a difference, as Guarin lashed a 25-yard strike into the bottom-left corner to extend his side’s unbeaten run to five.

Rolando eager to stay at Inter

The on-loan Porto defender would relish the chance to make his stay in Serie A permanent, but has set his sights on securing European football before discussing his future

Portuguese defender Rolando wants to remain at Inter beyond the 2013-2014 Serie A season.

The 28-year-old Portugal international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Napoli, has been an ever-present in the heart of Inter’s defence this season after sealing a summer loan switch from Porto.

With Walter Mazzarri’s men close to securing European football for next season, Rolando is eager to make his stay in Italy permanent.

“I’m happy with how I’ve played this season,” Rolando told Inter Channel. “Some had doubts about me but I knew that I could show my quality.

“Now we need to think about getting into Europe, then we’ll think about my future.

“I am very happy here and I would like to stay.”

Inter are in action on Saturday, facing sixth-placed Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Only two points separate the two teams and Rolando knows three points against Roberto Donadoni’s high flyers would go a long way to qualifying for next season’s Europa League.

“We need consistency following the win in Genoa against Sampdoria,” Rolando said.

“We are expecting a very difficult match when we play Parma. They are doing well but we want to take the three points home.

“I think it’s always easier to play at home than away. However, given that Inter are a big team, other teams come to San Siro to defend so it’s more difficult to find spaces.”

Inter end the season with games against Napoli, AC Milan, Lazio and Chievo, while Parma face Cagliari, Sampdoria, Torino and Livorno in their remaining fixtures.

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