Samir Handanovic is a Slovenian footballer who plays in goal. Born on 14 July 1984, Handanovic’s football career began with Slovenian outfit Domžale in 2002. The club managed to provide Handanovic with his professional debut in 2003. However, it did not take long for football whispers to sit up and take notice of the young goalkeeper. Handanovic had to move on loan to Zagorje to gain regular first-team action, but this only benefited his career trajectory.
Zagorje were able to make use of the youngster for only 11 matches. Domžale, meanwhile, were learning about the numerous rumours that Handanovic would create beyond Slovenia. Udinese were one of the clubs that came in for his signature in 2004 when he was just 20 years old.
The gossip columns were quite steadfast on seeing Handanovic on the loan move segment. This indeed turned out to be the case with the goalkeeper moving out on loan to various Italian clubs like Treviso, Lazio, and Rimini. His spell with Rimini turned out to be the crucial difference, as he featured regularly for the Italian Serie B outfit in the 2006-07 campaign.
Handanovic made his return to Udinese in the 2007-08 and he soon became a regular for the outfit. The goalkeeper would spend the next five seasons playing in the Italian Serie A and being subjected to a lot of transfer rumours in the process. It was not a major surprise that Handanovic would soon find himself playing for one of the top teams in Italian football, Inter Milan.
Handanovic had already started featuring the Italian Serie A Team of the Year. He was also a regular for the Slovenian national team after making his debut in 2004. Handanovic was also regularly in the transfer news owing to his multitude of individual honours for being one of the top Slovenian players. This prompted Inter to make a £13.5 million offer in 2012. After the move to the San Siro, Handanovic has not lost his place and he soon became the captain of the club.
There have been very few games in the Italian Serie A when Handanovic has not been available for Inter. On a collective front, Handanovic has found it difficult to enjoy a lot of success with Inter with the team managing no trophies during his time with the club. He did come close to winning the Europa League after Inter finished as the runner-up in the 2019-20 campaign.
Samir Handanovic Transfer Rumours
- From Domžale to Udinese for free in 2004
- From Udinese to Inter Milan for £13.5 million in 2012
Handanovic has not been making too many moves in his career. His first transfer came about in 2004 when he switched from Domžale to Udinese on a free transfer. This switch made him one of the top transfer targets for clubs in Italy and Inter Milan made an offer for the Slovenian goalkeeper in 2012. The goalkeeper beat the transfer odds by making the switch to San Siro and being in competitions like the Europa League on a regular basis.