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.”

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