Sunday, July 18, 2010

Another Goalkeeper Linked With Arsenal

Arsenal have reportedly made further enquiries over Slovenian keeper Samir Handanovic.

The 26-year-old stopper shot to prominence with a string of impressive performances for Slovenia during the World Cup, form that justified Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's previous interest in the player.

Italian giants Juventus are also thought to be keen on the player, but Italian paper Tutto Mercato reports that the Gunners are back in the hunt for the keeper.

Handanovic made his debut for hometown club Domzale back in 2003, and after a loan spell at Zagorje was signed by Serie 'A' side Udinese the following year.

The future looked bleak at the Zebrette after three consecutive loan spells, but Handanovic forced his way to the No.1 jersey in 2007 and hasn't relinquished it since.

International honours add further to Handanovic's credentials, making his debut in 2004 and appearing 42 time thus far at senior level for his country.

Wenger has been linked with a handful of keepers this season, with Sebastian Frey, Hugo Lloris and Mark Schwarzer just three other names who are thought to be in the frame at the Emirates.

However, the link to Handanovic will not go away and these fresh revelations suggest the north London club are seriously considering a move.

The Stadio Friuli side are thought to want in the region of €10 million for the stopper, and Wenger will need to decide if that's good value for money as he looks to strengthen in an area where Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski failed to shine last season.

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